Posts tagged "Writing"

I hate writing bios

I have to write a bio. I hate writing bios. To be clear, by “bio” I mean a short biographical statement such as might appear in a press release or show program. An autobiographical statement in this case since I need to write one about myself. I’d probably have an easier time writing one about... Read more »

More on the "plight" of women playwrights

Last month I wrote about how few women playwrights have won Pulitzer Prizes, but still, when I saw pictures of Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel on the front of the A&E section of my Sunday New York Times I was shocked as to why. Nottage and Vogel, two of the people on that very short list... Read more »

Women Pulitzer Playwrights, a short book for a short list

Women Pulitzer Playwrights, a short book for a short list
I often joke about wanting to win the Pulitzer Prize. Heck, winning a Pulitzer Prize was item number one on the list that was my very first post when I started this blog. Five year later and, no, I still haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize. To be fair I haven’t been trying very hard. To... Read more »
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A love letter to my muse

Hello? Are you there? Are you even reading this? [No, not *you.* I see you there. Whether you are a longtime reader or a new one, welcome. I am glad you are here. I truly am, but I must admit that this is being written for someone else. It’s okay. You can read it too.... Read more »

My least favorite part of writing: Naming characters

My least favorite part of writing: Naming characters
I began the new year right (write?) by starting work on a new full-length play (as included in my 2017 goals). I already have some scene notes, character notes, research notes, and even a few pages of dialogue. What I don’t have is names for my characters. Naming characters is my least favorite part about writing. Naming characters... Read more »

Jimmy, I hope you like this post more than I liked your writing prompt

I wanted to write a blog post tonight, but I didn’t have anything I wanted to write about. Luckily tonight is Blogapalooz-Hour. At 9 PM our dogged ChicagoNow Community Manager Jimmy gave us all a writing prompt, and we bloggers were challenged to write a post and publish it exactly one hour later at 10 PM. Perfect. The kids are already... Read more »
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40 creepy starting sentences for stories about librarians

‘Tis the season to write spooky stories, and it seems like someone was looking for some specific assistance that my blog could not provide. I noticed that a search term that brought someone to my blog was “creepy starting sentences to start a story about a librarian.” Well, sadly that person had to go away... Read more »

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test
The Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Development Workshop Showcase is Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 PM at City Lit Theatre (1020 W Bryn Mawr Avenue) in Chicago. The showcase features seven new plays with a focus on female characters. Some are short plays that will be performed in their entirety; others are full-length plays from... Read more »

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Awards Sonnet and the power of poetry

At the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda continued to be a treasure. When the creator of Hamilton won his Tony for best score, Miranda read a sonnet instead of giving a traditional acceptance speech. The beautiful poem was dedicated to his wife Vanessa and also touched on the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando... Read more »
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My new play isn't weird and that's weird

My new play isn't weird and that's weird
I have been in denial for more than a month, but now it’s time to admit it: My new play isn’t weird. This might not be a shocking realization for many playwrights, but as those familiar with my work know, what I write tends to be weird or at least quirky. A prominent reviewer one... Read more »