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Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.

So, You Want to Write a Book?*

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

I urge you to write the book(s) inside of you, because if nothing else, that process, and the confidence, hope and pride it brings is bound to change at least one person's life...yours.

Man of Conviction: John Steppling -- Playwright, Screenwriter and Teacher

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Joanna Perry-Folino

Given the current trend towards increasing government surveillance of our most personal and public selves, it's not a surprise that any serious artist, one who challenges the status quo or is politically controversial, would find greater success in another country than he might in 21st century America.

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.

BUT, NOT AND: The Three Letter Word that Helps the Writer Best

Kathleen George | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Kathleen George

The word "and" is a dangerous word.

The Sondheim Cure: a New Year's Gift to Awaken Your Sleeping "Muse"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I knew Stephen Sondheim's lyrics before I knew who Stephen Sondheim was. I was a little ghetto girl when I fell in love with West Side Story back in ...

Women Playwrights Applaud Theaters

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.28.2013 | Arts
Monica Bauer

As many active in making theater have realized recently, plays written by women are often a scarce commodity on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in local and regional theaters.

The Turning Point -- or I Never Saw a Playwright Make Out With a Girl in a Parking Lot

Timothy Braun | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Timothy Braun

I wrote plays about boxers (I can't take a punch), and ghosts (I'm not dead, yet), and all my titles I stole from albums by The Pixies, but nothing I wrote was sincere.

The Broadway Scorecard: Two Decades of Drama

Howard Sherman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Arts
Howard Sherman

So what is the scorecard of play production, both commercial and not-for-profit on Broadway over these last 20 years? Three hundred and ninety-seven productions by 228 playwrights, with more than a quarter of the plays produced written by the 17 men listed above.

Artists in the Middle of Fringe Crazy

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Monica Bauer

The excitement of the Festival going off like a sprinter in the 400 meters, well, that's wearing thin. And the 400 meters go by in a flash, don't they? And then where are you, after?

Let's Pair TV Shows With Great Playwrights And See Who Disagrees

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.29.2012 | Home

You know it's real when people keep writing eulogies for it: we're in a golden age of TV, everyone. Today's scripted shows are stylish, smart and occa...

Why Can't Art Be Instructive?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Why can't Art instruct? In addition to providing entertainment, consolation, beauty, and a reflection of our humanity by holding "the mirror up to nature," why can't Art also teach us a thing or two?

Literary Painters: Writers Tell Stories With Paintbrushes

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 02.11.2012 | New York
Adrian Margaret Brune

While never having the intention of substituting drawing for writing, Lisa Ferber found that when her elderly mother became terminally ill, the lifelong playwright, lyricist and story author couldn't put words to paper.

New York Theatre: Plays Well With Others

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 01.29.2012 | Denver
Tracy Shaffer

On my recent trip to New York City, I found an undeniable theme running through the New York/new play scene: a place called Denver.

Mistaken Identity: Chautauqua Theater Company's New Play Marathon

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home
Daniel J. Kushner

I would not normally recommend seeing three plays in the span of eleven hours. But I would contend that this epic approach is the ideal way to experience the stories, characters and the striking commonalities in theme that bind these three works together.

So What's a Dramaturg?

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 09.05.2011 | Denver
Tracy Shaffer

The Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas will seek to answer this and many other questions as they take stage this weekend at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.