No Post This Week

Life is a little crazy at the moment. Part of that is going through the process of producing a staged reading of my new play’s first scene. There will be a new post next week at the regular time—thank you for understanding. -Graham

On the State of Cell Phones in the Theatre

Sometimes we forget to turn off our phones. Sometimes we hear that preshow announcement, and the warning from the usher before entering the theater, and the warning from the usher before the curtain rises as she stares you down specifically and directly, and we still decide not to take action. We think, “It’s on ‘Do Not Disturb.’ Why go through

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I’ve Added a Resources Page

I’ve added a new resources page to the menu, full of links for playwrights. Expect this to be updated every now again with things I think will prove useful to you. You can find said resources here. Expect a really fun post next week. -Graham

The Theatre is Dead. Long Live the Theatre.

People enjoy sensationalizing the “death” of any art form. You’ll see countless articles pretentiously lamenting the demise of the theatre which generates inevitable backlash articles contending the theatre is booming unlike any point in history. In this case, common sense says the truth is somewhere in the middle. Yes, Broadway broke records last year with roughly two-billion dollars in grosses,

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How to Protect Your Work

Writing plays isn’t known for paying the bills. I’d say about 99% of self-proclaimed playwrights have a day job. Don’t fact-check me. I include myself in this category of part-time playwrights. That being said, my day job is pretty sweet. I build websites for a 100% remote Digital Marketing Agency. While I consider this perk amazing, it certainly has the

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How to Give and Receive Criticism

No one likes to be critiqued. You may think you do, but you don’t. At best, you enjoy the process of learning that comes from being critiqued, or maybe being critiqued doesn’t bother you, but no one likes it. After all, our brains are naturally incentivized towards praise and social acceptance. All of which is beside the point: you are

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The Truth About “Show, Don’t Tell”

We read the first scene of my play during a recent playwriting class. There was some confusion over some details of the characters during the critique. A fictionalization of the ensuing conversation went as follows: TEACHERI’m unsure who these characters are. Are you telling a story about a debate club? MEA College Republican club. It’s a national advocacy organization for

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How to Write Political Theatre

I’d be willing to bet you’ve had some feelings about politics in the past few years. There’s an endless stream of things to be angry about. A lot of people carry a sense of hopelessness. They look for ways to find meaning in the chaos, provide a sense of catharsis or comfort, be heard. These are excellent motivators to write

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