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Theatrically Speaking: a playwriting podcast
Actual Story Podcasting
Character, plot, and career discussion to help you with your theatrical writing. Produced by Actualstorypodcasting.com
Sep 7, 2021
In the season two finale, Jonah looks back at season two and finds a piece of advice from each episode. Season three will begin early in 2022. ActualStoryPodcasting.com Facebook Page Twitter
Sep 1, 2021
Roll To Meddle - Trailer
A Brand new show from ActualStoryPodcasting.com! Roll To Meddle is an actual play campaign based on the game Brindlewood Bay. Launching September 1st, Roll to Meddle is like, What if The Golden Girls was a murder mystery? What if H.P. Lovecraft started writing for Murder, She Wrote in season four? What if your grandma had a secret life that was incredibly awesome? Available wherever you get your podcasts!
Aug 31, 2021
Once a month-ish, Lee Shackleford comes on to talk with Jonah about a 10-minute play. Both Lee and Jonah are playwrights, directors, and have produced short play festivals (Lee has done many more than Jonah). These discussions tap into not only the writing and storytelling, but also what goes through the mind of a producer when they read your play. The play in questions is Backyard/Blues by Nick Baker. Much of the conversation is about the information on the Character page, so I've pasted it here. CHARACTERS BRUCE: (Masc/60’s/white) A recently retired CEO of a company his great grandfather started. FRANKLIN: (Masc/mid-late 30’s/Black) Bruce’s long time personal assistant who has been promoted to CEO after working closely with him for 12 years. POMEGRANATE: (Femme/50’s/white) Bruce’s wife. Has been fooling herself into believing in an empty, loveless marriage for far too long. SETTING A cozy backyard in suburban Massachusetts, USA. TIME July 4th, 2021 Notes for Consideration: - When a character’s line reads “ … “ it marks a dramatic beat. This could be a rest, a moment of reflection, connection, regret, realization, humor, awkward tension; anything really. - If a line is bracketed with double parentheses on both sides ((like this)), it marks a character saying a line for themself. Can be an aside. Doesn’t have to be heard by everybody. - Feel free to construct the house and porch with the cheapest materials possible. Everything about this set is flimsy and not built to last.
Aug 24, 2021
Everyone with a creative process has been disrupted over the last two years. Laura Lewis-Barr and Keegon Schuett are here to talk about how their process and outlets have been impacted by Covid and the lockdown. Laura Lewis-Barr https://lauralewisbarrfilms.com/ Keegon Schuett https://www.keegonschuett.com/
Aug 17, 2021
Love Quirks, Developing a Musical with Seth Bisen-Hersh
Seth Bisen-Hersh is the musician/composer behind Love Quirks. Seth breaks down the ten year development history of this new musical from conception to being shut down by the pandemic. He talks about the value of expanding your creative team (co-writers, dramaturges, directors), revising lyrics, listening to actors, and his philosophy on getting funding. Follow the progress of Love Quirks: the musical here https://lovequirks.com/ Learn more about Seth and his many projects here http://www.sethbh.com/
Aug 10, 2021
SciFi, Fantasy, and Horror On Stage
This week we talk about Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in theatre. How popular are these genre plays? Are there storytelling techniques that work particularly well or particularly poorly that we should keep in mind? Special guests: Edward Einhorn - edwardeinhorn.com And Michael Thomas Cooper - mthomascooper.com Theatrically Speaking is a part of the Actual Story Podcasting network.
Aug 3, 2021
Writing Character Movement
If you're a writer like me, you might think that how actors move is not the writer's job. But after listening to movement coach/actor Kathrine Stroller it's clear how playwrights can subtilty and effectively influence an actor's movement choices to better tell the story that has been written. Katherine Stroller's website is katherinestroller.com. Theatrically Speaking, a playwrighting podcast, is a part of the Actual Story Podcasting network.
Jul 27, 2021
Save The Cat Writes For TV, Jamie Nash Interview
Save The Cat is a series of books and writing philosophy originally focused on screenplays, so it makes sense that it might not be on the radar of playwrights. However, Save The Cat ideas have been used successfully in other mediums such as fiction, television, and in theatre. Jamie Nash, author of Save The Cat Writes For TV, shares some ideas on how playwrights might use these ideas in theatre. https://twitter.com/Jamie_Nash https://savethecat.com/tv-writing/save-the-cat-writes-for-tv-is-now-on-sale https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1912178/
Jul 20, 2021
Getting Plays Published
Getting a play published is a different process from fiction. But, how important is publication to a playwright? Where should it be on your to-do list? And how do you go about it? Special guests: Daniel Guyton is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright from Atlanta, GA. His stage plays have been produced nearly 600 times around the world, and he has been published in nearly 50 anthologies and solo publications. His screenplays have won first place in the Vegas Movie Awards, Los Angeles Film and Script Festival, Feel the Reel International Film Festival, Golden Sparrow International Film Festival and more. He is a theatre professor at Georgia Military College and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America East. For more information, please visit: www.danguyton.com. And Aaron Leventman attended Columbia University’s Graduate School for film then was a writer/director/actor at the Provincetown Theatre Company. Since living in Santa Fe, he performed with most of the local theatre companies and acted in industrials, commercials, short films, and features. Many of Aaron’s plays have been published and performed all over the country. He is also an instructor, writing coach and film festival curator and creator of the virtual LGBTQ+-themed theatre company Almost Adults Productions. http://aaronleventman.com
Jul 13, 2021
Each month or so Lee Shack will come on the show to discuss a new 10-minute play. These plays are submitted by our listeners. If you would like to submit a play for us to discuss, the details can be found at actualstorypodcasting.com This month's play is Nothing Got by Straton Rushing. More information about Straton can be found at www.stratontheplaywright.com
Jul 6, 2021
Colorblind Casting is when a character as written can allow a wide range of actors to portray them (gender, race, body type, etc). Knowing that this is a common practice, how should the playwright take colorblind casting into account when writing? Special Guests: Paige Steadman (she/they) is a published and produced playwright who has worked in theatre her entire life. Http://www.paigesteadman.com www.goodactingstudio.com www.ARTC.org and Steven Elliott Jackson is an awarding playwright from Toronto, Canada, best know for his Toronto Fringe Best New Play, The Seat Next To The King and Hamilton Fringe Best New Play, Three Ordinary Men. www.stevenelliottjackson.ca
Jun 29, 2021
Being A Professional Playwright
What does it mean to be a professional playwright in North America? What can we expect when we've "made it" and is it as challenging as they say? Special guests: Caroline Russel-King is a Canadian playwright, dramaturg and theatre critic who has written 30 plays and had 60 productions in Canada and the USA. www.carolinerussellking.com www.dramaturgyondemand.com and Lia Romeo is a playwriting fellow at Juilliard, and has had plays produced in NYC, around the U.S., and internationally. New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/177/lia-romeo Website: https://www.liaromeowriter.com/
Jun 22, 2021
Post Pandemic Plays
What plays will theatre companies be looking for post pandemic? Should your creative energy be devoted to further explorations of isolation and health care to attract theatre producers? Special guests: Dana Schwartz is an LA based writer/director/actress who can't wait to get back LIVE THEATER! www.MovingArts.org and https://newplayexchange.org/users/19341/dana-schwartz Derek Hauk is a Chicago-area playwright and content creator. He is currently preparing to launch a series of online courses and support products for playwrights. Twitter: @_DerekWrites_ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DerekSingsPoorly Website: BornAPlaywright.com
Jun 4, 2021
Season 2 Trailer
Season 2 of Theatrically Speaking, a podcast for playwrights, launches on June 22. Pandemic plays Planning your career Getting published Taking submissions for 10 minute plays All coming soon. Visit ActualStoryPodcasting.com for more information.
May 11, 2021
Season 1 Finale, Political Writing
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. I didn't know this was the end, but yep, it was.
May 11, 2021
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Reviews! How to get them and how to ignore them.
May 4, 2021
Playwrights in Tech Week
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Surprise! Baby was born one month early! During tech week!
May 4, 2021
Wearing Multiple Hats
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Being a playwright and something else (actor, director, designer) in rehearsal.
Apr 27, 2021
Tech! Costumes and Props
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. How to incorporate costumes and props while writing your play.
Apr 27, 2021
Tech! Sound and Light
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. How to incorporate sound and lighting design while writing a play.
Apr 21, 2021
Tech! Sets and Paints
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. How to incorporate sets and paints while writing your play.
Apr 21, 2021
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Let's talk about Samuel Beckett. Or, let's sit quietly and think about him.
Apr 14, 2021
Full Length Plays
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Why write a full length play? Really?
Apr 14, 2021
One Act Plays
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Sifting through the nuts and bolts of one act plays.
Apr 7, 2021
Ten-Minute Play Festivals
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. The special nature of 10-minute play festivals.
Apr 7, 2021
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Almost all about 10-minute plays.
Mar 31, 2021
How to Present Yourself and Submit Your Play
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. The script looks good, now how do you present it?
Mar 31, 2021
The Obligatory Formatting Episode
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. Can there be an episode about script formatting that doesn't waste your time?
Mar 25, 2021
When do you Stop Writing a Play?
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. When should you stop writing a play? How do you know when it's done?
Mar 25, 2021
How to use Theatricality
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. How can you incorporate theatricality into your writing?
Mar 24, 2021
What is Theatricality?
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. What is theatricality and why is it incredibly important?
Mar 24, 2021
Season one of Theatrically Speaking republishes the original 2007 episodes. In episode zero, I talk about what the show will be.
Mar 2, 2021
Theatrically Speaking: a playwriting podcast - Trailer
Back from 2007! Theatrically Speaking was the first playwriting podcast. Season 1 collects the original episodes, remastered, and Season 2 presents new material.