Imelda sent me an email this morning saying that she couldn't post the link (I've pasted below) because her computer was "acting the maggot." At first I thought that might be some quaint Irish colloquialism for playing dead and then I wondered if it might be an old Irish Theatre term, perhaps coined by John Synge, perhaps not. I played a carrot once, but acting the maggot seems a real challenge, but an acting computer? What will Bill Gates think of next?
Sorry about all that. I DVRed last night's Craig Ferguson and just finished watching it. It takes a bit to come back down.
Anyway, the link below answers the question, "What is a playwright" and other stuff, too. Thanks to Potabasil.
Pun Bandhu, who is interviewed in this piece, is one of the most astute people in theatre today. I worked with him as an actor. (He is also a fine actor.) When I found out he was a producer and he found out I was also a playwright, he actually was quite interested in that and asked about my work and agreed to read one of my scripts. He did not use it - well obviously! - but what more can one ask? Pun Bandhu is a very nice, knowledgable and genuine fellow. He has an MFA from YALE.
He has produced two shows on Broadway and both have won Tony Awards. So, you are listening to the best. Excellent information. Some of the questions they ask of him are a bit basic, but he gives thorough and respectful answers to all filled with excellent advice.
And he does talk about "connections" via MFA programs - and other venues - that we had a thread on about a month ago.
The video is not just about "getting to Broadway" however. It is about what one should be doing all along to get in the position to get something produced anywhere in this current environment.
I happily stumbled upon this video, thank you. Although I know he didn't meant it this way but when he said that a play 'can turn out much different than where the playwright started,' I get real uncomfortable from past experiences when directors tell the actors to throw out the stage directions (I've learned to try and get them in the dialogue) or actors that tell me emphatically that they know what I meant when they don't
However, it doesn't bother me when I hear it from another playwright. Over all though those kinds of experiences have been few, thankfully, but once bitten, or twice.
All said, I'd love a chance to get to work with him, though I've a long way to go!!
Sorry to get off topic, it just touched off that little nerve.