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    music, film, coffee, football (Go Steelers)
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    Playwright/ Theatre Prof
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    Illuminata, Bullets Over Broadway, Cradle Will Rock, Waiting for GuffmanMagnolia, 13 Conversations about One Thing, I Heart Huckabees
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    Over the Rhine, U2, Yo-Yo Ma, Rage Against the Machine, Sting, Bill Mallonee, Steve Taylor, Glen Hansard, John Paul White, and so much more...
  • Favorite creative writing
    Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Eugene Ionesco, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, Stephen Adly Guirgis
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    van Gogh, Monet, Pollock

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  1. Awesome. Love Wilson. Love McDonagh. Love Waits. Wish I could actually see it in Paris.
  2. I generally like Albee's work - Woolf is one of my all time favorites, and I always include one of his works in the Drama Lit classes I teach. I appreciate how he takes a fairly simple conflict and finds a way to make it as striking as possible (like The Goat does with infidelity). I don't know for sure, but my guess as to why Seascape isn't produced much would be the difficulty of the all sand set and making decent lizard costumes - along side the concern about weirding out the audience. I'm also not sure about why it hasn't been filmed, but my guess there would be lack of interest on Albe
  3. In the vein of the "replace the curse words for the TV version" of Blazing Saddles, I'm always on the look out for really REALLY bad replacement words - ones that weren't supposed to be funny, but to get the censoring job done. I actually saw some film (which unfortunately I can't remember which one) on a Saturday afternoon movie, replace "Son of a..." with "Slug in a Ditch." Makes no sense. In or out of any context. Ever. And just recently, I saw another film replace MF with "monkey feathers." Nice.
  4. Grace at NYTimes this should link to an article on NYTimes.com about the play. on that page is an interactive feature that has Redgrave performing a selection from the play - with a slideshow over it.
  5. Agree, with insertion of the words "any chance you might have" ... I have a friend who was working the off-broadway new york scene who told me that sometimes he would go in and improvise a monologue - something that would sound like it came out of one of the blandest of the audition monologue books. He laughed about how sometimes he'd be asked to "do it again, but with more anger" or something, and he'd have to tell them he had another piece that might be more of what they were looking for, then improvise a whole new piece. And no, he never got work when he did that. So it's far from advi
  6. I got all 10 right (but I gotta admit, one was a complete guess). Greatest American Hero, Barney Miller, Sanford and Son are all time greats. Cheers' song was a great choice. And I liked the way the Cosby Show altered its theme over time with new recordings of the same tune (though the Bobby McFerrin one was the best). And while I loved the show, I have to say that I hated the theme song they chose for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  7. I'd been trying to avoid this discussion, but it's been sitting on the main page for a month, taunting me - "why don't you chime in, here" - so I suppose I'll at least say something so THAT voice will go away (if only it'll take some of the other ones with it...) I suppose that in a lot of ways, the only real answer has to be a personal one - what you can do, say, and act without endangering yourself. The Lord guides us to parts and opportunities for a variety of reasons, some of them may be about the message of the work itself, sometimes its about being salt and light to fellow actors. I h
  8. I hear you - I've been working on making the switch to writing longhand (sounds easy enough, but I have to MAKE myself do it) for that exact reason. On the computer is games, internet, email, and all other kinds of nonsense that I do instead of my writing. Makes the writing time more special, and more effective. Personally, I'm just trying to stay creative. I've stepped up the administrative ranks this past school semester, and more than the time that it takes to do the extra work, it's the amount of ENERGY that it takes. I come home about the same time I did before, but far more worn out
  9. I'm a big fan of Guiness - of course, it is a meal in a mug. I'm also fond of Anchor Steam beers - out of San Francisco.
  10. Should have mentioned that... I've contacted him in the past about it, and knew he felt that way. Understandably so.
  11. you've hit most of my top favorites... My newest favorite play in the world is a 3 person play called Horizon by Rinde Eckert, but I don't know if he puts the rights out for people to put his plays on without him (he acts in them as well). But how about... All of Beckett... Who's Afraid of virginia Woolf long day's journey into night betrayal (actually, a lot of pinter is small cast) the chairs miss julie master harold and the boys dinner with friends true west american buffalo how small is small? I was thinking of 4 or less, but if you go up to around 8, there's: Importance of Being Earn
  12. That's an interesting way to look at it - hadn't thought of it from that angle. Of course, the other side is that a theatre doesn't want to be banned from being able to do, say, any Samuel French play. But perhaps the way it really works out is what you're saying, and it's all a hoax - the suing and the banning and the whatever. But as a playwright, I choose words very carefully - for rhythm, for character and for specific imagery. I try to respect the writing as much as possible. That said, I'm working on a new play that opens this weekend, and I've done some judicious cutting - which I
  13. I see - they'd do the play but just cut or alter the lines. That's certainly a common option, though not legal unless they ask permission (most people don't ask, and most people don't get caught). I applaud your saying that you'd just not do the play than cut. There are other plays out there.
  14. I really like that film - never read the play. This may seem like a simple question, but I ask it honestly. Are there not language issues with what you're producing? Are you able to be producing this in a lab setting, or are you free from worrying about audience response? Just curious.
  15. I'd agree with Dan when he stressed DICTION over ACCENT. Shakespeare is all about the language, and if the audience can't hear it, they can't understand it. Knowing the context of the story and stressing the importance of the imagery is great, but if a student can grasp the simplicity of just saying the WORDS, and saying them clearly, it is a good 65-70% of Shakespeare. Noticing the collection of similar consonants or vowel sounds - how the words make your mouth move - noticing if the phrase must be spoken slowly or flows quickly; these things are IN THE TEXT and contain the emotion of the
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