playwriting process

New Works Festival this weekend! (online)

Celebrate the development of NC playwrights this weekend! Tune in to the first annual Sips & Scripts New Works Festival, produced in partnership with the Capital Arts Theatre Guild. 5 full-length original plays by 5 North Carolina-based playwrights will be staged (book-in-hand readings) at the Theatre Raleigh Arts Center on September 10-12, 2021. The live, …

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144: Elevating unheard voices with Rimsha Afzal and Karyn Raynor of The Ink Project

The Ink Project is “a global writers’ liaison that elevates the narrative of underrepresented writers & storytelling.” How do they do that and what does that mean? I’m excited to share this conversation with Rimsha Afzal, the founder and artistic director, and Karyn Raynor, the managing director of The Ink Project. In this episode, you’ll …

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127: ARDEO: Narrative medicine and new play development with Jacqueline E. Lawton and Jules Odendahl-James

The second of two episodes featuring the work of Jacqueline E. Lawton: playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre.  In this episode, along with dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James, you’ll hear Jacqueline discuss her play ARDEO. ARDEO is a one act play inspired by research and personal narratives of …

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126: XIX: New play development with Jacqueline E. Lawton, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, Jules Odendahl-James

The first of two episodes featuring the work of Jacqueline E. Lawton, playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre.  Along with director JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell and dramaturg Jules Odendahl-James, you’ll hear Jacqueline E. Lawton discuss her new play XIX. XIX was commissioned by the Women’s Theatre Festival in …

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121: Measuring the mass of a rom-com. Structure, process, and science with playwright Allan Maule.

It would be unusual for me to associate astrophysics with romantic comedy, but Allan Maule does in his new play, THE WEIGHT OF EVERYTHING WE KNOW, a romantic comedy about the kilogram changing mass. In this episode, Allan talks about his approach to writing and researching a science-related rom-com, the structure of the play, the …

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120: Mindfulness, intention, and process with poet and playwright, Debra Kaufman.

I’m very grateful for this conversation with Debra Kaufman about poetry, playwriting, process, mindfulness, ego, collaboration, and more.  Take some deep calming breaths, go on a walk with your notebook in your pocket, follow your own process inclinations, and enjoy this episode. Debra Kaufman is the author of four full-length poetry collections—God Shattered, Delicate Thefts, …

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104: Autobiographical writing, providing opportunities for Black playwrights, and creative process with theatre artist, Monét Noelle Marshall

Monét Noelle Marshall is an artist, director, playwright, curator, producer & cultural organizer. A 2018 Independent Weekly Arts Award winner, she serves as the Founding Artistic Director of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company. Recent projects include the “Buy It Call It” performance installations, which earned her the 2018 Mary B. Regan Community Artist Fellowship from the …

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CANCELLED: Piedmont Laureate + Audio Fiction Event: Jesus Pancake Episodes 1-3

FRIENDS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. STAY SAFE AND BE WELL. THANKS. Join us for on March 28 for a reading of scripted audio fiction in progress! Jesus Pancake is an audio fiction series being collaboratively written by the Soapbox Audio Collective, a team of local writers. Microwaves, family secrets, spiders, friendship, and the Power …

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The Creative Vacuum (Mara Thomas, ASBX blog post 021)

Greetings, Soapboxers! Last month’s dispatch had us marking a milestone, celebrating the months of build-up and work that lead to the culmination of big creative and personal endeavors. This month, well… This month I’m coming to you live from The Vacuum. Who out there is familiar with the creative vacuum? You’ve been rehearsing for weeks …

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