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I dig jazz and single-malt scotch.  I write plays; I direct them too. I love STAR WARS more than is healthy. I walk my dogs every day, unless it's raining or terribly cold.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Send your play out into the world!

Some places on the web that can help you find theaters interested in your work:

Playwright Zoo on Squidoo featuring a weekly column called The Monkey House with random tips and suggestions, plus link lists to theaters that accept plays and/or queries.

Also -- The Playwright Zoo Archive, a companion to the above mentioned Zoo which houses all of the Monkey House Musings and links to the Featured Playwrights' interviews and plays.

One of my favorite listing boards is En Avant Playwrights

Get into The Loop, monthly e-newsletter that has lots of advice and lots of opportunities.

No dramatist's desk is complete without a copy of the latest edition of The Dramatists Sourcebook updated and published every two years by Theatre Communictions Group or TCG.

And -- join the The Dramatists Guild. Besides member benefits you'll receive their monthly magazine loaded with tips, interviews, and advice; a booklet with contact and submission info for theaters, publishers, and agents; and bi-monthly e-mails about upcoming deadlines and member productions.

Friday, August 17, 2007

365 DAYS, 365 PLAYS in New London August 20-26

Hygienic Art is presenting Suzan-Lori Parks' "week 41" of her
year-long cycle of plays in the Hygienic Art Park.

This is a world-wide project to present all 365 plays that Suzan-Lori wrote every day for a year.

Hygienic Art will be presenting all seven plays every night for seven nights.
August 20-26
Curtain is 8:00 PM
in the Hygienic Art Park

All performances are FREE to the public.

365 DAYS, 365 PLAYS
by Suzon-Lori Parks
Week 41
in the Art Park
Monday, August 20 thru Sunday, August 26
79-83 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Community Players

This past Saturday I attended a party at the home of Carol Pratt. She hosts an annual gathering of participants of the Groton Regionl Theatre at her home. I have wated to go to this party for years, and this year I asked a friend of mine if it would be okay if I could go.

"Of course!" -- was the answer.

When I arrived the host was in the pool, but she did hesitate to embrace me and welcome me to the party.

All day long I cozied-up to many of the movers and shakers of the local community theater scene. Some had been in the game for several or more decades. It was fun reconnecting with the local theater makers, hearing the old stories, and saying hello to many people who I have no seen in many years.

It made me rremember how much this community had meant to me as a young theater maker. I had learned a lot from people just like this, people who make theater happen becasue they love doing it.

Much of the foundation of my work as a theater artist was laid by my early work with the groups in my community. Not every experience was golden, but it all held value.

Great thanks to talented, giving, caring people like Carol Pratt and the folks who gathered around her pool last Saturday. They keep theater alive in a personal way that is not possible attain in other theater forums.

Theater belongs in a community.