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Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > and that is when you know... (4 replies - 2518 views)

This poem puts a real elephant in the room, though, that must be addressed if it's to be satisfying: How does anyone know any ...   Sat Aug 8th, 2009 03:44 pm

Announcements > Finished a draft! (5 replies - 3808 views)

I finished a draft of a new one act today. Whew! Feels good to actually bring something to completion again. I had ...   Tue Aug 4th, 2009 01:50 am

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > THIS SUMMER DAY (5 replies - 3211 views)

I agree with Timmy, but overall I really like this poem. Clever concept! ...   Mon Jul 20th, 2009 03:01 pm

Opportunities for Playwrights > Heartland Plays, Inc. Scraps Reader's Fee (9 replies - 7054 views)

Bravo! ...   Mon Jul 13th, 2009 07:07 pm

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > When I Was Young (6 replies - 3710 views)

Just one quick read, but I like it--I particularly like your work with the line breaks, how they finish one meaning then bend us to ...   Mon Jul 13th, 2009 07:05 pm

Work-in-Progress > A Teacher/Playwright's Rant (6 replies - 5621 views)

Go for it! Alan ...   Thu May 21st, 2009 11:29 am

Work-in-Progress > A Teacher/Playwright's Rant (6 replies - 5621 views)

Just finished this brief sketch. Those of you who do teach or have ever taught high school might relate. I'm thinking it might ...   Thu Apr 30th, 2009 04:11 pm

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > One Way to End an Affair (3 replies - 2435 views)

Sorry about that pronoun mix-up--I spotted it after I sent the post. I love that St. Augustine quote. Thank-you. Congratulations on your ...   Thu Feb 26th, 2009 02:48 pm

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > She Loves Poetry (3 replies - 2711 views)

Oh, Poetry! she says, I love poetry. She's fourteen and in my class at school And when the boys groan at the word She comes out with ...   Thu Feb 26th, 2009 01:26 am

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > One Way to End an Affair (3 replies - 2435 views)

I think this poem works quite well except for the last line. "Born too late" is getting to be a bit cliche, and this ...   Thu Feb 26th, 2009 12:55 am

The Playwrights' Gym > AHA Moments! (16 replies - 20920 views)

For some reason, I can't post a new topic--the ghost in the machine forbids me. But how about if you have a homeless-looking person ...   Sun Feb 22nd, 2009 02:52 am

Success Stories > "Puppet Play" (24 replies - 24624 views)

Thanks--sounds fascinating! ...   Sun Jan 25th, 2009 09:36 pm

Success Stories > "Puppet Play" (24 replies - 24624 views)

Does your play happen to feature just a man and a puppet? The reason I'm asking is that I met a man from Miami ...   Sun Jan 25th, 2009 06:28 pm

Question & Answer > Title Preference? (5 replies - 4178 views)

Okay, two titles: Anatomy of a Moment or Ever-Widening Gyre? Which of these two is more intriguing/poetic/attractive to you? Which title, if ...   Fri Dec 12th, 2008 02:28 am

Question & Answer > Do you have a "day" job? (19 replies - 14348 views)

I am a high school English teacher.  Though I get regular royalty checks, they could not support a "middle class life."  But stranger things have ...   Tue May 6th, 2008 04:40 pm

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > Rude to say (1 reply - 2268 views)

Rude to say none the less true: things come and go even god even you. ...   Tue Feb 5th, 2008 02:16 am

Reviews and Critiques > Review of "No Country for Old Men" (7 replies - 7043 views)

I haven't seen the film, but the book it is based on puzzled me in much the same way the film seems to have puzzled you.  ...   Tue Dec 4th, 2007 12:45 am

Critique my Play > Thanksgiving Prayer (10 replies - 7177 views)

I'm happy for the mistake, Paddy.  I loved hearing your critique.  People, for this Alan:  Don't hold back! Thanks, and thanks to all who have ...   Thu Oct 25th, 2007 09:54 pm

Critique my Play > Thanksgiving Prayer (10 replies - 7177 views)

Thanks so much, in media ras, for taking the time to give this a read.  I appreciate your comments very much.  I'm not sure about ...   Tue Oct 23rd, 2007 11:18 am

Critique my Play > Thanksgiving Prayer (10 replies - 7177 views)

If anyone's got the time...fire away! Thanks, Alan  (Try to ignore all the extra codes--I don't know why it copied like this!)   If ...   Tue Oct 2nd, 2007 07:09 pm

The Playwrights' Gym - Feedback > prompted by Forces of Nature (4 replies - 4233 views)

Being quite a mercenary playwright, I'm wondering about your intended audience for this piece.  Educational theater?  If so, too crass in places.  Professional or regional?  ...   Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 10:28 pm

Poet's Corner : Critique my Poem > Why We Die (2 replies - 2325 views)

Nice.  I like this quite a lot.  I relate quite a lot as well, being in my 40's.  Interesting thought:  I'm an English teacher, AP ...   Tue Jun 12th, 2007 11:45 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > I guess I can introduce myself (8 replies - 4387 views)

Just thought I'd chime in as a fellow high school English teacher, too.  Just finishing year 17--will be done at the end of the week.  ...   Mon Jun 11th, 2007 11:57 am

Critique my Play > Monologue for your opinion (12 replies - 6963 views)

Ah, excellent advice!  I never noticed the "I thinks," and you're absolutely right.  About the 60's thing, though--I teach high school, and just like the ...   Thu Apr 19th, 2007 12:45 am

Critique my Play > Monologue for your opinion (12 replies - 6963 views)

Thanks very much.  Let's hope the publisher at Brooklyn thinks the same.     ...   Wed Apr 18th, 2007 09:11 pm

Critique my Play > Monologue for your opinion (12 replies - 6963 views)

Thanks very much.  What matters, what helps most, is simply to know others are out there who will take some time to read what we ...   Tue Apr 17th, 2007 06:44 pm

Critique my Play > Leave Me Alone! (6 replies - 3961 views)

I enjoyed it all right, but I wonder--why would this guy stay on the line?  I mean, yes, many people are polite that way, but ...   Tue Apr 17th, 2007 03:42 pm

Critique my Play > Monologue for your opinion (12 replies - 6963 views)

Thanks, Leon.  The ending is tough.  Of course, there's the ten-minute time limit for students delivering these monologues, and when I've timed this out, it ...   Tue Apr 17th, 2007 01:23 pm

Critique my Play > Monologue for your opinion (12 replies - 6963 views)

Sorry about the weird centering thing on that monologue.  It just did it on its on when I posted the thing--not intentional at all. ...   Mon Apr 16th, 2007 11:24 pm

Critique my Play > Monologue for your opinion (12 replies - 6963 views)

Lonely and needing input.  I just finished this monologue.  I intend to send it to Brooklyn Publishers who specialize in these types of monologues for high ...   Mon Apr 16th, 2007 11:17 pm

Question & Answer > Anyone knows of a playwright specializing in children's plays only? (7 replies - 4942 views)

I don't understand what you mean--deleted your commission?     ...   Sat Apr 14th, 2007 09:57 pm

Announcements > Great Phone Call (4 replies - 3631 views)

Hey, all, I just had to tell someone--I got a phone call tonight from Leon Embry, the fairly-new president of Sam French.  I had sent ...   Wed Apr 4th, 2007 01:49 am

Question & Answer > Playscripts.com (15 replies - 9443 views)

Playscripts has been a God-send to me and my career.  As far as the copyright thing, just tell them that you will take care of ...   Thu Mar 29th, 2007 01:19 am

Question & Answer > Baker's Question (3 replies - 3336 views)

I wrote to Baker's about a month ago, requesting that they give me back my four plays with them.  I haven't heard a word.  ...   Thu Mar 29th, 2007 12:52 am

Question & Answer > Plagiarism or homage? (6 replies - 4946 views)

Hey, all--it's been a long time.  Here's my question:  I just heard "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" read recently on NPR and thought, "I ...   Thu Mar 29th, 2007 12:50 am

Opportunities for Playwrights > One Act Publisher Seeking Submissions (10 replies - 7275 views)

When you say writers can continue to market their play any way they like, surely you don't mean they could have it published elsewhere as well ...   Sun Feb 11th, 2007 08:22 pm

Opportunities for Playwrights > One Act Publisher Seeking Submissions (10 replies - 7275 views)

Can you tell us any more about the types of plays you publish?  I write mainly for the educational sector, particularly large-cast one act plays.  ...   Sun Feb 11th, 2007 02:24 am

Question & Answer > Big Dog Plays (4 replies - 4485 views)

I love their website; they look like they have some great ideas.  I would love to know how people have done with them.  Bradley, do ...   Wed Jan 10th, 2007 01:42 pm

Question & Answer > Are stage directions part of the script? (17 replies - 14185 views)

Thank-you, Sam--that well summarizes the philosophy I have worked with and taught. Alan ...   Wed Nov 29th, 2006 12:53 pm

Question & Answer > Are stage directions part of the script? (17 replies - 14185 views)

Quote away!  If you could give me the credit, that would be lovely, but no big worries either way.  This is an interesting topic, by ...   Tue Nov 28th, 2006 05:23 pm

Question & Answer > Are stage directions part of the script? (17 replies - 14185 views)

I've always heard that stage directions are not a part of the script the way the words are.  In other words, directors do have license ...   Tue Nov 28th, 2006 03:13 pm

Announcements > Ranking of "15 Reasons" (4 replies - 3509 views)

The Fates smiled on me the day I got involved with Playscripts, that's for sure.  Actually, I should thank Baker's; they were the ones to ...   Sun Nov 12th, 2006 10:41 pm

Announcements > Thank You for Flushing My Heaed in the Toilet... to be published (1 reply - 2008 views)

Your ambition astounds me, Jon.  Good work!   Alan ...   Sun Nov 12th, 2006 10:38 pm

Announcements > Ranking of "15 Reasons" (4 replies - 3509 views)

I recently learned that, on the Dramatics Magazine list of top short plays produced last year, my "15 Reasons Not to be in a Play" ...   Fri Nov 10th, 2006 09:40 pm

Announcements > Letter to Bakers (13 replies - 7802 views)

I did finally get my royalties.  I also got a nice reply to my e-mail, but I'm still not convinced I shouldn't try to jump ...   Fri Sep 22nd, 2006 01:34 am

Question & Answer > Harvest Theater Submissions? (14 replies - 9536 views)

Just got this from Harvest Theatre, saying that they put on two of the one-pagers I sent.  Fun!   Jim Caputo - Too Bad Lyn Halper - Love ...   Thu Sep 21st, 2006 06:39 pm

Question & Answer > Harvest Theater Submissions? (14 replies - 9536 views)

Thanks!  I appreciate that assurance.  I'm used to the patience game. ...   Mon Sep 11th, 2006 11:54 am

Announcements > Letter to Bakers (13 replies - 7802 views)

They have broken the contract several times by sending royalties late.  Beyond that, I don't know what sort of leverage I may have when and ...   Tue Sep 5th, 2006 12:51 pm

Opportunities for Playwrights > Theatrefolk (3 replies - 4385 views)

I just received word from Theatrefolk that, of the three plays I sent them, they are going to publish two.  I think what they're most ...   Tue Sep 5th, 2006 01:22 am

Announcements > Letter to Bakers (13 replies - 7802 views)

If Dingledine's a pseudonym, the guy didn't let on.  I think it's legit.  I'll keep everyone posted as to how things progress. ...   Sun Sep 3rd, 2006 06:43 pm


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