#whatshouldwecallplaywrights

Playwrights be tumblin'.

REWRITE MANTRA

STRESSFUL TECH REHEARSALS

I’ll be in the back row. I bring my own flask. 

when a 10 minute play competition has an entry fee

via @hilderthtrguy on twitter

PRETTY MUCH.

#THESUMMIT aka NO WOMAN, NO CRY

 I’m going to eat a box of Girl Scout thin mints, drink a bottle of wine -

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and try to break this down.

So like BASICALLY -  there aren’t enough plays in the pipeline (NYC/London) being written by women. And it will take a decade (2024?) before we see any. 

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So like … like this is pipeline of new plays by women/POC in 2014 (there’s Theresa Rebeck wandering around … looking for her scarf):

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Artistic Directors are trying, trying so very DESPERATELY to find us, read us, produce us but:

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Hold up.

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Do you do anything besides grip the side of your desk and wait for death?

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Oh wait. We’re just not writing plays. Yeah. We playwrights of color. We ladywrights. We don’t exist.

And our work won’t be around until 2024. See ya! 

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You should see my dramaturg right now:

Ohhhkay. OK OK OK. Deep breath.

Final takeaways, thoughts for the future generation?:

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ps: Can people please please please stop patting their white male ADs/directors/theater friends on the back for producing/reading/acknowledging plays by women/playwrights of color?Just HOLD OFF. FOR LIKE A SEC.  PUH-LEASE. image

WHEN YOU TRY TO WRITE NICE THANK YOU LETTERS TO YOUR CAST

I just write plays. Not thank yous. But … thank you. You did real good.

MICRO-REVISIONS

Sorry not sorry. Sometimes I just need to move around a single word. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.

WHEN YOUR SELF-PRODUCED PLAY IS SOLD OUT

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There is no greater feeling … such a rare unicorn moment of joy when you get to do your play, when you get to do it YOUR way … and get paid.***

*** You know what I mean. Not like PAAAAID Beyonce-level PAID but paid as in - you won’t lose any more money that you thought you would.

NOTES TO SELF

Ugh. Rewrites.

WHEN ACTORS BUTCHER MY LINES

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