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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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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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??
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's make the conservative voice heard onstage (and off)!
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....
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!).
On today's episide we are delighted to be joined by playwright Don Milne. Don is on hand to discuss his career, specifically his play "Inherit the Wind: Overturned by Design." The play is an updated version of the classic Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (not the famous general) piece that was made into a movie with Spencer Tracy and Fredeick March. Please join us as we discuss the reasons behind this re-working and we'll even read excerpts from the play!
Ronald L. Murphy, Jr. has professionally published short stories, poetry, had a play produced, and this, his first novella. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in literature, Mr. Murphy studied medieval history at the graduate level at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His interests include acting, playwriting, and photography. He lives in rural Western Pennsylvania with his wife and five children.
Robert's website is: http://ronaldlmurphyjr.wix.com/ronaldlmurphyjr
Ronald's Four Books:
1) Roland: The Dragon Slayer
2) The Pack
3) The Tormented: Ten Tales of Terror
4) Unexplained World: The Chestnut Ridge
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Ellie Cohen Grossman, director of the St. Louis production of "Listen to Your Mother" (LTYM) which features the true stories of real women about sharing their experiences of Motherhood. Sometimes sad, sometimes joy-filled, these stories have depth and truth. LTYM began in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010. For 2015, 39 cities will host locally-produced shows of live readings by local writers giving Mother's Day a microphone.
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Today's episode continues our investigtion of internationally famous American playwright, David Mamet. Mr. Mamet, who came out of the political closet in 2008, is now a consefvative thinker and we will look at what exactly he means by that and how it has impacted both his writing and his reception. This exploration will take a number of shows so be sure to hang with us as we read selections from Mr. Mamet's book "The Secret Knowledge" (2011), listen to interview excerpts, and talk to Mamet scholars and theatre practitioners. Speed the Plow and tune in!
Today's episode of "Stage Right," the show that seeks the conservative voice in theatre, we are pleased to welcome playwright Hank Kimmel. Hank's play, "Fairy Tale Ending," was expertly read/acted by yours truly on last week's show. Please join us as we chat with Hank about his career and his struggles being a conservative artist in a left-wing community. And don't be shy about calling in and talking with me and Hank or writing to me at email@example.com!
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