Cartoon Tomfoolery (#610)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#609)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Writing for Stage and Television

The arrival of “The Sopranos” in 1999 can be credited with ushering in the current era of television, which has become a golden age for scripted programs. These series have breathed new life into adult drama, a genre that had been expiring in the movies. These series have also proved to be a […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#608)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Self-Producing for Theatre

What do you do once you’ve written a play? How do you move it toward production? Dramatists posed those questions to renowned playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) during a visit to Seattle four years ago. “Don’t wait for someone to produce it. Go put it up on […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#607)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Identity Politics and Fictional Characters

[First a word from our sponsors. Visiting Cezanne, a new play of mine about artistic struggle, is currently running in Seattle. Audience response has been embracing. In case you are near Seattle and might wish to see it, four performances remain.] If you do catch Visiting Cezanne one thing you won’t […] Continue reading »

Cartoon Tomfoolery (#606)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest. Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you […] Continue reading »

Finding a Director, and Bidding Farewell

When a script has the merit and good fortune (both are necessary) to move off the writer’s desk into production, a lonely orphan is getting adopted into a big, noisy family. The person charged with focusing that family’s talent and bursting energy is the director. He is the hub from which […] Continue reading »