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71. PLAY: Power Plays by Elaine May & Alan Arkin
Aug 10 • 35 min
As part of our monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is a collection of 3 one-act comedy plays called “Power Plays” by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Instead of looking at the plays individually, we attempt to look at all 3…
70. INTERVIEW: Marjorie Muller
Aug 3 • 57 min
Hello listeners! We are so excited for you to listen to this new episode of Beckett’s Babies! We had an amazing conversation discussing all-things playwriting with playwright, actor, producer MARJORIE MULLER! In this episode, Marjorie shares how she got…
69. PLAY: Sweat By Lynn Nottage
Jul 27 • 58 min
As part of our new monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage. In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some…
68. TOPIC: Researching for a New Play
Jul 20 • 49 min
How do you think about research when beginning a new play? When do you begin the research process? How do you know when to start writing? In this episode we discuss our own experiences on which plays of ours have required research; how did we do this…
67. INTERVIEW: Reginald Edmund
Jul 13 • 46 min
Hi listeners! In this episode, we chat with the one and only Playwright, Co-Founder and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives Black Words International Project Reginald Edmund. Black Lives Black Words International Project launched an online play…
66. PLAYWRIGHT: August Wilson
Jul 6 • 64 min
We are excited for an all-new series where we look at the work of a single playwright and from their large body of work, we look at the first play they’ve ever written, a play from their mid-career, and the latest or the most recent play of their career.…
65. TOPIC: Writing Artistic Statements
Jun 29 • 45 min
Have you ever written an artistic statement? Every playwright, at some point in their career, has to write an artistic statement, or what others might call a “Manifesto”. Whether it be for a playwriting opportunity, or for your website, it might be good…
64. INTERVIEW: Tanuja Jagernauth Returns!
Jun 22 • 75 min
Based in Chicago, Tanuja Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. We talked with Tanuja a few months ago about her theatrical work, and we have her…
63. Theaters Response to Black Lives Matter
Jun 8 • 53 min
Hello, listeners. We hope you are well and staying safe. We are still processing what’s happening in the country and the world. In this episode, we discuss some ways theaters are responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. One of which is…
62. INTERVIEW: Sean David DeMers
Jun 1 • 59 min
Hello listeners! We want to thank you all so much for your support so far this year. We are truly thankful to you all. We also want to acknowledge the pain and suffering that is happening in our communities. We hear, we understand, and we support everyone…
61. INTERVIEW: Art Borreca (Special Episode!)
May 25 • 108 min
Hello, listeners! Boy, do we have a treat for you! This is an in-depth special episode where we had the greatest pleasure of chatting with one of our favorite people from Iowa… ART BORRECA! He is the Co-Head of the Playwriting Program and Head of the…
60. PLAY: The King Of Hell’s Palace by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
May 18 • 39 min
As part of our new monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “The King of Hell’s Palace” by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play.…
59. TOPIC: Writing Radio Plays
May 11 • 40 min
In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss writing plays for the radio. We bring on a special guest, Nik Frank-Lehrer, to help us kick off the episode by sharing his experience on writing ad copy for radio. We also look at ways in how radio plays have been…
58. INTERVIEW: Shaun Leisher
May 4 • 55 min
Hello, listeners! In this episode, we chat with dramaturg, new play doula, and an incredible supporter of Beckett’s Babies— SHAUN LEISHER! He shares his journey into dramaturgy, what he loves about new plays, and how we can best support new work. It was…
57. INTERVIEW: Paul Michael Thomson
Apr 27 • 62 min
Hey listeners! We had the amazing opportunity to chat with the one and only Paul Michael Thomson. He is an actor, playwright, and co-artistic director of The Story Theatre. He had so much to say about playwriting, theater, and what it means to be an…
56. INTERVIEW: Olivia Lilley
Apr 20 • 52 min
In this episode, Sam and Sarah get the opportunity to chat with playwright, director, deviser and artistic director of Prop Theater — Olivia Lilley! Olivia Lilley is a playwright, director, and deviser who came up in Chicago’s DIY scene. She uses a…
55. PLAY: Cost of Living by Martyna Majok
Apr 13 • 36 min
As part of our new monthly series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Cost of Living” by Martyna Majok. It is the winner of 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play. In this episode,…
54. TOPIC: Writing Character Descriptions
Apr 6 • 39 min
In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss writing character descriptions. We share examples of character descriptions from different plays and look at how we can be inspired to write for our own work. Check this episode out and share us your thoughts on how…
53. INTERVIEW: Beth Hyland
Mar 30 • 47 min
In this episode, Sam and Sarah get the opportunity to chat with fellow BB listener, playwright, and songwriter — Beth Hyland! In this episode, she shares her experience in self-producing her own work, staying creative, balancing creative and work life,…
52. PLAY: Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee
Mar 23 • 42 min
As part of our new monthly series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Ching Chong Chinaman” by Lauren Yee! In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some…
51. TOPIC: Plagues and Pandemics in Plays
Mar 16 • 48 min
Hi, Listeners. We’re all going through a crisis and this pandemic has been on all our minds. Initially, we wanted to talk about Lauren Yee’s play “Ching Chong Chinaman” but instead, we decided to talk about plagues, pandemics, and outbreaks that exist in…
50. The Comedy Club: “Let’s Talk Comedies”
Mar 9 • 40 min
An ongoing series about understanding comedies, welcome to “The Comedy Club”. In this first part of “possibly many part” series, Sarah dives into what she thinks about comedy and her love/hate relationship with it. In this episode, we introduce the series…
49. INTERVIEW: Ryan Oliveira
Mar 2 • 68 min
Playwright, Songwriter, Solo Performer, and Theatrical Jack-of-All-Trades Ryan Oliveira returns to Beckett’s Babies! Hear what he has to say about theater, dramaturgy, and presenting new work to an audience as he updates us on what he’s been up to since…
48. TOPIC: Creating Play Titles
Feb 24 • 44 min
In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss creating titles for our plays. We share some of our favorite titles and discuss why we like certain play titles and why we do not like others. We look to how we create titles for our own work and be inspired by…
47. PLAY: Dance Nation by Clare Barron
Feb 17 • 57 min
As part of our new monthly series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Dance Nation” by Clare Barron! It is one of the winners of the 2015 relentless award, a finalist for a Pulitzer, and winner of Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In this…
46. INTERVIEW: Tiana Randall-Quant
Feb 10 • 46 min
What is “devised theater”? How can one start devising new work? In this week’s episode, a fellow Beckett’s Babies listener, Tiana Randall-Quant, reached out to us to share her experiences creating new work with The Wallis Studio Ensemble Their show…
45. New Year! New Season! Same Babies!
Feb 3 • 32 min
Hello, Listeners! WE ARE BACK! In this episode, we check-in, share our own personal goals and resolutions (and how we’ve failed already), and other exciting plans we have on the horizon for Beckett’s Babies. We want to extend special thanks to our…
44. We’ll See You in 2020!
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
Hello, listeners! It’s been an incredible year of discussing all things playwriting and interviewing theater guests from all walks of life on Beckett’s Babies. In this episode, we share some of our favorite interviews and highlights from the year. We even…
43. Interview with Megan Gogerty
Nov 25, 2019 • 48 min
“Process is all.” “The difference between an entrepreneur and artist is that the entrepreneur is focused on product, the artist is focused on process.” “Every play teaches me what I need to make a new play.” “Creativity and productivity are yin and yang.”…
42. Writing Non-Human Characters
Nov 18, 2019 • 40 min
Writing non-human characters…Why do some playwrights bring non-human characters to life? What’s the draw? What do we achieve when we place human ideas, thoughts, and emotions into a non-human character? Is there a place for it in a serious adult drama?…
41. Interview with Marisela Treviño Orta
Nov 11, 2019 • 45 min
“I really want theater to reach in and grab my heart and squeeze. I want to feel something when I’m sitting there.” We love to interview playwrights! We love to hear how they discovered playwriting and how they found themselves on this journey into the…
40. Interview with Terri Weagant
Nov 3, 2019 • 51 min
“Give yourself the gift of working hard and doing the best that you can do in any given moment but taking away comparisons to other people and their work.” We had such a great and fun conversation with actor, producer, solo performer, and arts educator…
39. Writing Monologues
Oct 28, 2019 • 35 min
What the heck are monologues? Don’t get it confused with the “kissing disease”. In this episode, we discuss the different kinds of monologues in plays, what are they for, what makes a good monologue for a play vs. a standalone monologue, how to write one…
38. Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan
Oct 21, 2019 • 46 min
“We are all healthier when we live in a culturally diverse world. When there are more stories that are accessible to us when every voice is part of every cultural conversation. It’s not about excluding traditional voices. It’s about expanding the range of…
37. Writing Playwright Bios
Oct 14, 2019 • 41 min
At some point, playwrights will have to write their biographies. Whether it be for a personal website or to submit themselves to a development opportunity, or even when writing a program for a produced play— We discuss why we have to write bios, why do we…
36. Interview with Dawson Moore
Oct 7, 2019 • 41 min
“We’re an artistic weed. We crop up anywhere there’s a room and a couple of people to tell a story. We’re never going to go away.” We had the pleasure of interviewing playwright and coordinator of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Dawson Moore. He…
35. Submission Fees
Sep 30, 2019 • 35 min
A hot topic issue for so many playwrights. We look at the fees to different development opportunities and weigh the pros and cons. HELPFUL LINKS: Dramatists Guild - DG Statement: Festival Guidelines https://www.dramatistsguild.com/news2/ “TO PAY FEES OR…
34. Interview with Amy Berryman
Sep 23, 2019 • 44 min
“From your own community, you can create opportunities for yourself.“ New York-based writer and actor Amy Berryman joins us on this episode to share her experience with playwriting and creating new work. It was such a pleasure to have her on the show! Amy…
33. How Do We Teach Playwriting?
Sep 15, 2019 • 34 min
How do we teach playwriting? How do we teach writing in general? In this episode, we discuss what we think are best practices, writing exercises, approaches to workshopping students’ new plays, and how do we grade creative work. If teaching playwriting is…
32. Theater is Life-Shifting with Tanuja Jagernauth
Sep 8, 2019 • 69 min
Playwright, Dramaturg, Ceramic Artist and former Acupuncturist Tanuja Jagernauth join us on this episode to share her truth on theater and supporting communities through the arts. She also explores the ideas from her current research on fascism to write…
31. When is Self-Promotion Too Much?
Sep 2, 2019 • 33 min
As playwrights and writers, we must be able to talk about ourselves and our work. In this episode, we get into the idea of self-promotion… the good, the bad, and the ugly. _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett’s Babies by…
30. Write and Don’t Judge What You Write with John Mabey
Aug 25, 2019 • 45 min
Playwright, improviser and mental health counselor John Mabey joins us on this episode to discuss all things playwriting, theater, improv, and more. John is a listener of the show who reached out to us and we wanted to reach back to bring him on show!…
29. Sam Interviews Sarah
Aug 19, 2019 • 30 min
Sam interviews Sarah Cho…. and you won’t believe what she says! Or maybe you do but… listen anyways! Thanks so much for listening to our show! We are a two-woman operation in creating this podcast show. Please help to support Beckett’s Babies by…
28. Sarah Interviews Sam
Aug 12, 2019 • 31 min
Sarah interviews Sam Collier…. and you won’t believe what she says! Find out next week when Sam interviews Sarah. Stay tuned! We are a two-woman operation in creating this podcast show. Please help to support Beckett’s Babies by reviewing, sharing an…
27. Plays that Haunt Us
Aug 5, 2019 • 37 min
What are the plays that have haunted you? In this episode, we discuss plays that we have seen or read that’s stuck with us long after they’ve been seen or read. The plays can also be the ones you haven’t written yet and are stewing in your mind or the…
26. Don’t Wait for Permission with Reina Hardy
Jul 29, 2019 • 56 min
Playwright Reina Hardy joins us on this episode to discuss all things playwriting, theater, teaching, and more. Reina is a delightful and incredible human being. We also share our pet peeves on rejections so don’t miss out on this episode! Reina Hardy’s…
25. Talkbacks / Post-Show Discussions
Jul 22, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode, we share our thoughts on talkbacks and post-show discussions. What are the different approaches or structures to talkbacks? What are talkbacks for? In an ideal world, what would a talkback provide to artists, audience members, and the…
24. Formatting Plays
Jul 14, 2019 • 41 min
Listeners, sometimes you gotta learn the format to break it. In this episode, we discuss the standard format for playwriting, different writing programs to use for playwriting, and what we love (or sometimes we don’t love) about the format. Please support…
23. How Meaning is Made with Jenni Page-White
Jul 7, 2019 • 56 min
Literary Manager (and fellow Iowa alumn) Jenni Page-White joins us on this episode to share her experiences as both a dramaturg and literary manager. This is a great episode for our listeners who are interested in dramaturgy and have been thinking about…
22. How Does a Playwright Make Money?
Jul 1, 2019 • 38 min
Let’s talk money! In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss how playwrights can earn a living writing plays and what is really out there for a playwright. We could only pack so much and we feel this conversation is ongoing so we’d love to hear your thoughts…
21. Rehearsing a New Play
Jun 24, 2019 • 38 min
What’s it like to rehearse a new play? Sam and Sarah share their own personal experiences with rehearsals and its pros and cons when rewriting a new play. How do you feel about rehearsals? Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might…
20. Interview with Bella Poynton
Jun 17, 2019 • 60 min
Playwright, Ph.D. candidate and Artistic Director of The Navigators Theater Company, Bella Poynton, brilliantly shares with us her knowledge and love of theater on this week’s episode of Beckett’s Babies. Learn how Bella’s love for science fiction and…
19. Headlines! Headlines! Get Your Ideas Here!
Jun 10, 2019 • 40 min
Do you ever feel stuck and want to write something new but don’t know where to even begin? How could one even start generating ideas? Have no fear! Sam and Sarah look to news headlines of the week to brainstorm possible stories for a new play. Try it out…
18. Creating a More Compassionate World with Writer Monica Trausch
Jun 3, 2019 • 68 min
In this episode, Brooklyn-based playwright and screenwriter Monica Trausch shares insight into her life in New York, writing her play “The ABCs”, and why she writes. We also play a fun game called “Premises” and you won’t want to miss what Sam and Monica…
17. Ways to Get Inspired
May 27, 2019 • 46 min
For the days when we don’t feel like writing, we look to others to inspire us. In this episode, we share words of wisdom from other writers. FAVE ESSAYS, BOOKS, ARTICLES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WRITING “Pitching and Moaning”…
16. Endings End. The End.
May 20, 2019 • 40 min
Every play has an ending and in this episode, we try to understand what makes an ending work and memorable. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Please support Beckett’s Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us…
15. Writing for Young Audiences with Playwright Chris Leyva
May 13, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, Columbus-based playwright and director Chris Leyva (also a fellow Iowa Playwrights Alum!) joins our show to share what his life has been like after graduate school and his journey into writing theater for young audiences. As playwrights,…
14. Every Beginning is a Beginning. What is a Beginning.
May 6, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, we discuss the beginning of a play. What do you think is considered a beginning? How long should the beginning be? What makes the beginning of a play memorable? We share our thoughts on this very important and serious episode. GLISTENS:…
13. Stay Open Throughout the Process with Actor Regina Morones
Apr 28, 2019 • 57 min
In this episode, we speak with native Bay Area actor, singer, educator, a Resident Artist at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and a company member at Ubuntu Theater Project— REGINA MORONES! A talented actor and great collaborator to playwrights, Regina…
12. Rewriting. Writing Again. Rewriting.
Apr 22, 2019 • 34 min
Sam Collier and Sarah Cho share their experiences when it comes to rewrites and revising their plays. What goes into rewriting a new draft of a play? How can we all become better writers through revisions? Rewriting is a personal process that every writer…
11. Don’t Believe Any of the Rules About Playwriting with Nina Morrison
Apr 15, 2019 • 48 min
Director and playwright Nina Morrison joins us to share how she got into the world of theater and explains how her directing experience lends itself to playwriting. She also wants you to know that you shouldn’t listen to any rules about playwriting. Find…
10. Happy Birthday, Samuel Beckett
Apr 8, 2019 • 33 min
Hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho celebrate their 10th episode of the show the only way they know how… by also celebrating Samuel Beckett’s Birthday. Samuel Beckett, the Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary…
9. Happy April Fools. Sam and Sarah Talk Life.
Apr 1, 2019 • 32 min
Happy April Fools! Even though it’s April Fools, life as a writer is no joke. In this episode, we share our personal thoughts on the idea of a “starving artist”, day jobs, and social media influencers. A real ‘smorgasburg’ of an episode.…
8. Theater Can Be Anything with Playwright Micah Ariel James
Mar 25, 2019 • 46 min
Playwright, Poet, Performer, Dramaturg, Teaching Artist and Arts Administrator Micah Ariel James joins us to share her philosophy on theater, playwriting and stage directions. She also shares her two cents on how no two productions of a play should ever…
7. Writing 10-Minute Plays
Mar 18, 2019 • 31 min
“What do you mean plays can be 10 minutes long?!” That’s right, listeners. Plays can be ten minutes long too. In this episode, we discuss the 10-minute play, its structure, and the benefits and drawbacks of writing plays in ten minutes. —————————————————-…
6. Cut the Play with Dramaturg and Director Alison Ruth
Mar 14, 2019 • 46 min
Dramaturg and Director Alison Ruth joins us in this episode of Beckett’s Babies to share her thoughts on dramaturgy, playwriting, and directing. We discuss what makes theater unique from other art forms and how dramaturgy can lend itself to directing. We…
5. Rejections
Mar 14, 2019 • 34 min
Almost every writer submit their work to be considered for conferences, residencies, and publishing. The question is, how do you handle the rejections? Join hosts Sam and Sarah as they share their personal coping mechanisms they may (or may not) have when…
4. Invite the Audience Into Your Heart with Playwright Kristin Idaszak
Mar 14, 2019 • 39 min
Playwright, dramaturg, producer, and educator Kristin Idaszak joins us to discuss her play, “Strange Heart Beating.” Idaszak also shares her approach to starting new plays, her passion for climate change, and her role as artistic director at Cloudgate…
3. Rituals and Routines
Mar 14, 2019 • 31 min
Hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho dive into discussion about rituals and routines. In this episode, we explore how we stay motivated to write every day and share our own personal tips in getting inspired. Listeners, we would love to know… what’s your…
2. Go Where You Are Invited with Playwright Ryan Oliveira
Mar 14, 2019 • 59 min
Playwright, Songwriter, Solo Performer, and Theatrical Jack-of-All-Trades Ryan Oliveira joins us in this episode of Beckett’s Babies to discuss his newest play “Soccer Player in the Closet”, his writing process, his approach to collaboration, and many…