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Take the Stage > Notes from the insanely helpful "Dialog isn't Talking" session from the DG Conference (4 replies - 8651 views)

HI, Kato -- Thank you! I enjoyed meeting you, too. And I've got the exercises from the "Dream Logic" booklet ready to post on ...   Fri Oct 11th, 2013 07:52 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > language in stage play (5 replies - 7683 views)

I second those who say, write what you want to write. Then find the theaters who will love your play. Sometimes, when a playwright is ...   Mon Sep 30th, 2013 05:05 am

Announcements > Self-publishing and Marriage! (4 replies - 14243 views)

Mazel tov! ...   Thu Sep 26th, 2013 04:23 am

Take the Stage > Who's gonna be in Chicago for the DG Conference? (10 replies - 19029 views)

This is Louise again, under my original username. I couldn't get logged in under this username for a while. I didn't ride the Water Taxi. ...   Wed Sep 25th, 2013 07:56 pm

Question & Answer > Website recommendation (1 reply - 3788 views)

I use Wordpress for my blog; Wordpress has a lot of templates. As for hosting, my husband and I have our own private ISP. Can't ...   Mon Apr 8th, 2013 05:00 am

Question & Answer > Horror/Thriller/Spies (4 replies - 6088 views)

I saw "Woman in Black" here at ACT, and it was terrific. Genuinely scary. ...   Mon Nov 5th, 2012 10:55 pm

Question & Answer > an excellent example of "show, don't tell" (0 replies - 4779 views)

I'm directing a production of RABBIT HOLE by David Lindsay-Abaire, for Theatre Verity here in Seattle. I tell you what, every playwright should direct. I'm ...   Tue Sep 25th, 2012 11:44 pm

Work-in-Progress > Narrators? (9 replies - 19622 views)

In early drafts of one of my plays, I used the main character also as a narrator. I soon took out the narration scenes ...   Tue Sep 4th, 2012 11:53 pm

Question & Answer > Scene Formatting (4 replies - 9952 views)

Circle Mirror Transformation has many scene changes. It's not a problem in and of itself. ...   Wed Aug 8th, 2012 09:03 pm

Question & Answer > Copyright concern (2 replies - 4500 views)

That sounds like a fun play. Have you seen Clybourne Park, which is a similar sort of thing, but based on Raisin in the ...   Wed Aug 8th, 2012 09:02 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > PDF FILES (11 replies - 11234 views)

Does all of the file appear in the PDF? Or is the script missing some parts of the text? If a big chunk ...   Wed Aug 8th, 2012 08:57 pm

Question & Answer > does reading scripts for theaters go on your resume? (5 replies - 6522 views)

In fact, I had coffee with Keri over the weekend. She mentioned that to me. I love that play. ...   Tue Jul 17th, 2012 04:37 pm

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 8072 views)

"Torso" is a wonderful script. I saw the production here in Seattle. ...   Thu Jul 12th, 2012 04:47 pm

Question & Answer > does reading scripts for theaters go on your resume? (5 replies - 6522 views)

IMR -- I'm asking about being a script reader for theaters. As in, evaluating scripts for their season or for a festival. I've edited my ...   Thu Jul 12th, 2012 04:46 pm

Question & Answer > does reading scripts for theaters go on your resume? (5 replies - 6522 views)

Does reading scripts for theaters go on your resume? In other words, evaluating scripts for a festival or their season. ...   Thu Jul 12th, 2012 05:02 am

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 8072 views)

On that note, did you know that the Seattle Fringe has started up again? ...   Wed Jul 11th, 2012 04:45 pm

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 8072 views)

Thank you all for your responses. Yes, readings are usually for the playwright's benefit, but they aren't always. This one is primarily for ...   Sun Jul 8th, 2012 07:36 pm

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 8072 views)

Has anyone ever received royalties for readings? I'm writing a grant proposal to produce readings of my play about the dot-com industry. I want to pay ...   Sat Jul 7th, 2012 04:16 am

Question & Answer > "Beat" vs. "Pause" (30 replies - 80591 views)

I've started using layout to indicate pauses and changes of thought. I use paragraph breaks a lot. ...   Tue Jul 3rd, 2012 07:22 pm

Question & Answer > I hate writing synopses. Please help! (3 replies - 4821 views)

Doug -- thank you for giving your answers to the questions. Your answers help me see whether I've written my synopsis well. If what the ...   Mon Jun 25th, 2012 04:52 pm

Question & Answer > I hate writing synopses. Please help! (3 replies - 4821 views)

A Dramatists Guild workshop said that certain things should go in a good synopsis. So here's my synopsis, and below are the questions they said ...   Sat Jun 23rd, 2012 09:38 pm

Question & Answer > What makes a good mentor? (7 replies - 9305 views)

Wah wah, my thread has been hijacked!!! Seriously, thank you Doug and Edd for your posts and all of your insight about what makes a good ...   Sat Jun 23rd, 2012 09:35 pm

Question & Answer > What makes a good mentor? (7 replies - 9305 views)

Has anybody here ever worked with a mentor? Or been a mentor? What makes a good mentor? What should I look for? ...   Tue Jun 12th, 2012 09:48 pm

Question & Answer > We need a Miss Manners for dramatists (2 replies - 4305 views)

3. Try telling him how you see the character, and describe him (the playwright). In other words, you're telling him not to do ...   Tue Jun 12th, 2012 09:45 pm

Work-in-Progress > Writer Looking for Advice (5 replies - 18448 views)

A play with a lot of blackouts is "Circle Mirror Transformation." I saw the production at the Seattle Rep. The blackouts were long, ...   Tue Jun 12th, 2012 09:36 pm

Ideas & Suggestions > could you make it easy for us to report spam? (3 replies - 7400 views)

IMR Thank you for posting that, and you're welcome. Paul Thank you for telling us how to report spam. I actually wish there was a button we could ...   Thu Jun 7th, 2012 02:55 am

Ideas & Suggestions > could you make it easy for us to report spam? (3 replies - 7400 views)

Paddy, Edd -- Is this bulletin board configurable to make it easy for us to report spam? Ideally, it would also make it easier for ...   Tue Jun 5th, 2012 11:32 pm

Take the Stage > What was your first time like? (2 replies - 5021 views)

What I remember is that parts of my play were wonderful, truly magical and truly touching. I also remember that the director got some ...   Tue Jun 5th, 2012 11:27 pm

Question & Answer > A staged reading (7 replies - 13916 views)

Louise P here -- thank you for the shout out, Doug, and here's a link to my info: http://playwrightsmuse.wordpress.com/category/how-to-get-good-feedback/ I second what QuixotesGhost says about making connections ...   Mon May 21st, 2012 04:23 am

Question & Answer > The Dramitists Guild (1 reply - 3511 views)

I'm a member, and I've gotten their free standard contracts. Those were helpful. If you don't have an agent, having those standard contracts ...   Mon May 21st, 2012 04:17 am

Question & Answer > playwrights who got started later in life (9 replies - 13860 views)

All right, I am adding Edd to my list. I think he qualifies as "not young." ;) ...   Mon May 14th, 2012 11:45 pm

Success Stories > Play wins honorable mention (6 replies - 11717 views)

Hooray! Congratulations. ...   Mon May 14th, 2012 11:43 pm

Question & Answer > playwrights who got started later in life (9 replies - 13860 views)

I read of yet one more festival that is looking for "young" playwrights. Argh!!! What playwrights have gotten started (or noticed) later in life? I have ...   Fri May 11th, 2012 09:02 pm

Take the Stage > To Be or Not to be (5 replies - 7166 views)

I saw something on YouTube (I think) about the same subject. Fascinating. ...   Mon Apr 30th, 2012 08:30 pm

Question & Answer > Is theater 'secular'? (11 replies - 11681 views)

For “write what you know” to be truly compelling and moving theater, it has to be much more than the facts you know and your ...   Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 08:55 pm

Take the Stage > feedback sessions -- love them? hate them? (2 replies - 4524 views)

Here's what I do. I plan ahead of time the questions I'm going to ask. David Rush wrote a great article about how to make ...   Tue Apr 17th, 2012 11:10 pm

Question & Answer > plays where the story isn't told in chronological order (17 replies - 17091 views)

I did see it! I loved it. Thank you for mentioning it. ...   Wed Apr 11th, 2012 12:11 am

Take the Stage > feedback sessions -- love them? hate them? (2 replies - 4524 views)

I got into a discussion about feedback sessions on LinkedIn. Some people love them, some people hate them. What do you guys think? I love them, ever ...   Mon Apr 9th, 2012 10:12 pm

Question & Answer > Blogs to know about - what are your faves?t (8 replies - 12010 views)

You're welcome, glad I could help. ...   Mon Apr 9th, 2012 10:05 pm

Question & Answer > Blogs to know about - what are your faves?t (8 replies - 12010 views)

I second the plug for Adam's blog. It's fabulous. I like Paul Mullin's blog. He's passionate and outspoken and always interesting. http://www.paulmullin.org/ And I have one, to help ...   Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 01:50 am

Question & Answer > Play With the Style of Humor Found in Janet Evanovich books (2 replies - 4269 views)

Do you mean a particular play? Or plays in general? ...   Sat Mar 31st, 2012 08:13 pm

Announcements > Play Being produced in a Festival (4 replies - 5658 views)

Congratulations! Cynicism does not rule absolutely. Ah, thank god/goddess/no god for the Unitarians! LOL ...   Tue Mar 27th, 2012 01:11 am

Take the Stage > Fabrication and "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" (3 replies - 5415 views)

Apparently not all of David Sedaris's stories are factual. I feel lied to by him, too. There's this great documentary "Shakespeare Behind Bars," about inmates ...   Fri Mar 23rd, 2012 08:15 pm

Take the Stage > Fabrication and "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" (3 replies - 5415 views)

I saw the show, and from the way Daisey talked, I thought he was telling a true story. I feel lied to. ...   Sat Mar 17th, 2012 09:17 pm

Work-in-Progress > Tough Time (11 replies - 15027 views)

I think about the highest-stakes moments in a character's life. Then I write a scene where that character tries to get what he or she ...   Wed Feb 29th, 2012 08:29 pm

Question & Answer > Questions about the Dramatists Guild (2 replies - 7772 views)

Congratulations! That's wonderful to get such a great response. You should definitely join the Dramatists Guild. They have a great magazine, chapters around the country where ...   Sat Feb 18th, 2012 12:22 am

Question & Answer > The history of stage play formatting (10 replies - 10102 views)

I was a cognitive scientist in a previous life -- I studied how people think and work with information in their environment. I'll bet that ...   Tue Feb 14th, 2012 12:21 am

Question & Answer > The history of stage play formatting (10 replies - 10102 views)

@Awfly Wee Eli I think the layout you're asking about is based on screenplay layout. What I've heard about screenplay layout is that following the format ...   Mon Feb 6th, 2012 08:20 pm

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 31220 views)

Hi, Zamdrist, welcome to the wonderful world of playwriting. What has made you decide to take it up? About the resources that theaters might or might ...   Mon Feb 6th, 2012 08:17 pm

Question & Answer > Avoiding plagiarism (3 replies - 8064 views)

This is a good question, and it probably has a complex answer. Are you a member of the Dramatists Guild? I'd ask their legal department. ...   Mon Feb 6th, 2012 08:00 pm


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