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Real People, Fabricated Voices

I majored in both history and theatre at Rice University.  It would follow that I’m qualified to write historically derived plays, right?  The thing is, I’ve been taught how to create fictional characters, and I’ve been taught how to accurately research and source information regarding historical figures.   320 more words

Finding The Framework

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl is a book of, as the title implies, one hundred essays about playwriting, children, and philosophical musings about writing and theater. 196 more words

Your Gut Knows What You Should Be Doing

Yesterday I wrote about subjecting your dreams to a shatter test. It got me thinking about some of the questionable life choices I’ve made.

I went to college. 209 more words


Pakistan Diary: Looking for Bindya

Thursday February 5th, 2016

Trying to meet with Bindya, the head of the khawaja sara (transgender) community in Karachi is the beginning of the adventure.  As arranged, I call B who speaks with Usman (our translator/ lawyer-philosopher / all-round perfect guy with a car) and arranges to meet us at Jinnah Hospital, the free hospital which provides medical care to the poor.   614 more words

The State Of Things


I have been putting off writing about Idaho. It’s a childhood memory that I have long suppressed and that only came racing back a few weeks ago, as I was innocently scribbling stream of consciousness notes into a journal about the backstory of one of the characters in the play I’m writing, and then… 874 more words

Extra Dry Martini

Double Your Character List with Doubling

Technically, I suppose that doubling (or double-casting) isn’t a playwriting technique: it’s more a casting/directing technique. On the other hand, if your story requires a decent number of characters (especially bit parts), it can sure help to keep doubling in mind when you’re writing the play. 296 more words

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