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Swan Song

This, dear reader, is my final TheatreFace blog post. That is, my bi-monthly feature is coming to an end as I finally realized that I had too many proverbial balls in the air. Juggling said balls has been taking a toll on me and I’ve decided to stop spreading myself too thin.

I’ve truly enjoyed the thirty-six (this is thirty-seven) blog posts that TheatreFace has featured on my behalf, allowing me to navel gaze as well as highlight national conversations in our field.

I asked…


Posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:00am — 1 Comment


“You should write a novel.” That was my co-worker out of the blue. “That play, that play of yours that won all those awards. Turn it into a novel.”


I hadn’t thought about that.

I mean, as a playwright I think more about adapting other media into plays. For example, I’m currently working on a submission treatment to turn a piece of video journalism into a one act play. But I hadn’t thought about going the other direction, about taking one of my own plays and…


Posted on April 3, 2013 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The Business of Rejection

As a poet I very much understood that the acceptance of one of my poems for publication was very separate from whether or not the poem was any good. Knowing there are other deciding factors—the publication’s meta narrative, how poems flow from one to the next, interact with one another—allowed me to separate my emotions from the business of sending my work out into the world.

And I understood that it was a numbers game. The more I sent work out into the world, the higher the…


Posted on March 20, 2013 at 5:00am

What Theatre Boundaries Do You Place On Yourself?

Working on a submission this past week I found myself kinda stumped by the final question which asked me to explain how I think my play (the one I am submitting) is breaking theatrical boundaries.


I scratched my head for two reasons. The honest first reason is that as someone…


Posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:00am

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