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The Play’s the Thing …

With so many new plays opening on Broadway, we couldn't help but think about the playwrights who have graced the TEDxBroadway stage over the years. Patricia Ione Lloyd (Her play Eve's Song has been extended at The Public Theater, and we still can't get a ticket!) asks, "Where Does Your Soul Live?" Big props to Alexander Dinelaris (won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Birdman and wrote the book for the musical On Your Feet), who speaks about "Surprising Inevitability." And,...

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Fans

Filmmaker, Playwright & Novelist Brad T. Gottfred Is Inspired By

As Jim has written before, “A ticket to a great show or game is not just entertainment — it’s a personal upgrade.” Seeing a live show can — and often does — inspire your own personal creativity. Here’s another interview with an inspiring, creative person from Goldstar Pulse. It’s time to meet Brad T. Gottfred, the man behind a couple of the juiciest titles ever to grace Goldstar: Marry, F**K, or Kill and Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes...

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Marketing

When Giving It Away for Free Is a Good Idea

Echoing Jim's thoughts in You Can’t Kill Demand for a Product by Giving It to More People, Edward Einhorn has created two new websites, one for each of his two translations/adaptations of Greek plays, Lysistrata and Iphigenia in Aulis, which he writes about on HowlRound. Einhorn states: " ... my main goal is to inspire productions. In essence, I am saying the artistic satisfaction of having one’s work read and produced is much greater than having it lay hidden. And,...

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Experience

The Power of Really Long Shows

Critic Chris Jones celebrates really long shows in this Chicago Tribune article. Here are a few he mentions: • The Hypocrites' production of Sean Graney's All Our Tragic = 12 hours • New York's Elevator Repair Service's Gatz = 8 hours • Neo-Futurists' version of Strange Interlude at Goodman's Eugene O'Neill Festival = 5.5 hours His piece is an interesting summary of many (maybe all) of the longs plays in Chicago's theater history. He also highlights a few of the rewards of seeing...

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Innovation

Dull Is Dangerous, Sharp Is Safe

Back in the days when I trained teenagers to cut bagels for living, we had an expression about knives: Dull is dangerous, sharp is safe. Basically, what that means is that a knife that isn't properly sharpened has a tendency to snag or to cut a person's hand in a way that's much worse than a sharp blade. I really enjoyed reading Isaac Butler's piece about the supposedly safe course pursued by some venues in programming familiar material in their...

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