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I'm back from New York and have heard and thought about more examples of terrible playwriting. I've decided to share my thoughts on how to identify bad playwriting and why I think it's all tied to left-wing thinking. What can we conservatives do about it? Make our ideas more prevalent. Write those plays that support our point of view and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. And, above all, practice, practice, practice; read, read, read; and see as much theatre as you can. Call me or write to me so we can discuss.
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Nora Maccoby is an energy strategist and an award-winning filmmaker who trained in theater directing and playwriting at Oberlin College and earned an MFA in Film Directing from The American Film Institute, where she won numerous awards. She co-wrote "Bongwater" and "Buffalo Soldiers" which was nominated for 6 Independent Spirit Awards and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay in 2003.
In 2002, while researching a film on the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada, West Indies, she began working with the local government to develop clean energy solutions and later worked with leaders to create Nature’s Partners, a bipartisan energy literacy initiative and common ground for a national energy conversation. Nora is a champion of clean energy technologies and a strategist for bringing them to the public. She has appeared on C-Span, led workshops internationally, and brought together leaders in the investment world with green technology experts. http://www.maccoby.com/nora
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“Expressions of life through Art” is theme of this week’s show. Artist Patricia Sabree of Savannah, Ga and
Atlanta’s own Shanequa Gay join me to discuss their artistic gifts and how they express life through art.
Also, joining me is Synthia Williams who is using her artistic gift of playwriting to bring to the stage a very
compelling issue in our society today, domestic abuse. “The Paula G Show” Wednesday Feb 10th
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Faith is the first comic to star a plus-sized superhero! Graphic Policy Radio welcomes special guest, writer Jody Houser who is part of the team at Valiant Comics bringing Faith to life in one of the year's most anticipated comics.
Jody Houser earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she completed her master's thesis in screenwriting and was a winner of the Rod Parker Fellowship for Playwriting.
She began experimenting with webcomics in 2006 and is the creator behind the webcomic Cupcake POW!, which has updated weekly since 2010 and is currently available on comiXology Submit.
Jody has been a contributing writer to numerous comic anthologies including Womanthology: Heroic and Womanthology: Space from IDW, CMYK: Magenta from Vertigo, and Avengers: No More Bullying from Marvel, as well as Dead Roots and Rise: Comics Against Bullying. Recently, Jody has written Orphan Black for IDW and Agent May for Marvel.
Faith was the break out star of Valiant's Harbinger. A psionically gifted “psiot” she has always aspired to greatness. Now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought.
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Dylan Brody is one of America's leading humorists and story tellers.
With fans that include comedic legends such as Carl Reiner, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr and Paul Krassner, and an ever-expanding repertoire of witty and profound tales of his journey through life that are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, Dylan has earned a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.
Dylan has been invited again in 2015, to appear on stage with fellow humorist and best selling authour David Sedaris.
He currently writes and performs regularly for the David Feldman show on KPFK (Pacifica Radio) in Los Angeles, The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO (Sonoma County), and is a regular contributor to John Rabe’s OFF RAMP on KPCC, NPR's Pasadena affiliate. He has written for dozens of comedians, including Jay Leno, who has used Brody’s work in his monologues on NBC’s The Tonight Show.
In 2005, Dylan won the Stanley Drama award for playwriting. He is a thrice-published author of fiction for the Young Adult market with one of his books, A Tale of a Hero and The Song of Her Sword finding a place in the curriculum at several public schools in the U.S., earning him a yearly influx of poorly written fan letters and e-mails to which Mr. Brody diligently replies.
In early 2007, Dylan Brody's Thinking Allowed, brought long form humor and insight, literate and literary, to a broad based audience. The show, the first of its kind ever in the venue, enjoyed a successful six month run on the main stage at the Hollywood Improv.
Dylan has worked in venues fall over the world, sharing the stage with some of the comedy world’s biggest stars. He has appeared at M.I.T., at Sarah Lawrence College’s vast Reisinger Concert Hall and served as Northfield Mount Hermon School’s first ever Artist in Residence.
Stage Right is the weekly show that asks the question, "why are there so few conservative voices in drama and theatre?" Join us this week as we look at some putrid examples of playwriting guided by the omniscient presence of television and the left wing world view. We'll also take a look at what some of our friends across the pond have to say about right-wing theatre. Call in to speak with your host, Rocky Benasher or drop him a line at email@example.com. Let's make the conservative voice heard onstage (and off)!
Today's show continues our look at the introductory theatre textbook "The Art of Theatre: Then and Now." This book presents, in my opinion, a decidedly left-wing, propagandistic view of theatre and makes some rather specious and negative assumptions about American culture. Listen in and let me know if you agree--or even disagree (dissent is the highest form of patriotism unless you're a conservative)--by calling me or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll also talk about a piece of performance art I saw on a college campus and its obligatory smear on Republicans.
Writers, are you stuck or blocked-- or inspired, on a roll and tearin' it up? Is your latest accomplishment publicizing your most recent bestseller, finishing the 265th revision of your first poem, or just making the commitment to writing? Whatever your state of mind, The Method & The Muse is the show for you.
This month's episode features Playwright Joseph Robinette. He is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical. He is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced in all 50 states and in 21 foreign countries. Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte's Web, and he wrote the musical version with Charles Strouse (Annie and Bye, Bye, Birdie). He is the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Distinguished Play Award for Sarah, Plain and Tall and the Children's Theatre Foundation of America medallion for his "body of dramatic works for family audiences in the United States and beyond."
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Join Author Sherry Wilds as she hosts this energetic exchange based about books and what goes on behind the scenes of them.
The Method & The Muse is produced by WON Radio as part of Writers Online Network (WON). More information about WON is available at http://www.writersonlinenetwork.com/ They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @won_radio and @writersonnet
Well, I've just come back from New York City and I have stories to tell and observations to make about the New York New Works Theatre Festival. I also want to share with you my thoughts on lousy playwriting (which I witnessed first-hand in NY). The question is, will my play move on to the semi-final round of the New York New Works Theatre Festival? It's in God's hands now: as of this writing I do not know where I stand. Maybe I will by show time??
We're Interviewing Actor Andrew Moodie.
Ontario-based actor/playwright/director Andrew Moodie began his playwriting career in 1995 with his first play, Riot.
His theatre writing credits include: Riot, Factory Theatre, 1995, directed by Layne Coleman. (1996 Chalmers Award for Best New Play). It has since been performed in Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. Oui, Factory Theatre, 1998. Wilbur County Blues, Blythe Festival, 1998. A Common Man's Guide to Loving Women, jointly produced by Canadian Stage and the National Arts Centre, 1999, and has since been performed in Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver. The Lady Smith, Passe Muraille 2000, also remounted in Montreal. The Real McCoy, Factory Theatre 2007, 2008, and has since been performed in Ottawa and will be mounted in St. Louis in 2011. And finally Toronto the Good, Factory Theatre 2009 which was nominated for a Dora award for Best New Play.
His directing credits include For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, the Corner, and The Real McCoy.
His television writing credits include an episode of Drop The Beat and his radio credits include Afghanada (WGC award) for CBC.
So, Tune in, and Listen....
DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THIS SHOW IS PREVIOUSLY RECORDED!
On today's episode I will cease my use of a pseudonym (Rocky Benasher) to reveal my true name and my goals for this show going forward. I think it is time for me to be comfortable with the fact that I am a conservative in the world of theatre and I should not be fearful of the backlash from other theatre practitioners. I can use your support as I make this brave admission, so please give me a call or write to me (email@example.com).
Today's show is my last before my two-week vacation, so I'm planning to tie up some loose ends before I depart. We will pick up some discussions we left off weeks ago, including how a conservative balances defending theatre yet being offended by much of the content of contemporary theatre. We'll also resume talking about our conservative brother, David Mamet. Today's show will feature words of wisdom from listeners and Facebook friends. Wish me a "bon voyage" (but never fear; I shall return on July 12!).
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