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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Jesse Green on Neil Simon

The latest episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast includes a clip of a Neil Simon interview (thanks to Susan Haskins-Doloff at Theater Talk Productions) talking about THE ODD COUPLE and his work habits.

Here is an interesting article from the NYTimes about Simon's career, written by Jesse Green.

From the article:
But I like those early works — “The Odd Couple” and also “Plaza Suite” and “The Sunshine Boys,” among others — because even though they are comedies, they are coherent as drama. The trick was structure: Mr. Simon’s sense of the situations he devised was so clear he could write boffo gags that did not seem to come from him, but rather from the character and conflict. 
Sometimes, in the way that can happen when writers momentarily grab the tail of the zeitgeist, the laughs were even prescient. This was especially true in plays that addressed, inadvertently or not, the shifting gender roles and politics of the Ms. Generation of feminists, as experienced by slobs who didn’t know what hit them. When Roy complains about Oscar Madison’s refrigerator he is talking about more than cleanliness. He is talking about the inadequacy of men.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

EPISODE #5: WRITERS & FRIENDS


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Welcome to the fifth episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "WRITERS AND FRIENDS"

EPISODE PLAYLIST
  1. Exit, Pursued by a Lawyer: 00:00 
  2. Interview with Ralph Sevush of the Dramatists Guild on important legal cases for playwrights and the evolution of the Guild in the past decade: 04:40
  3. Interview with Chelsea Anderson-Long of Primary Stages: 25:48
  4. Neil Simon on THE ODD COUPLE and Working Habits: 31:13
  5. A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER by Matthew Weaver, performed by Kate Armstrong Ross, Chris Palmieri, Colleen McGloin and Nancy McClernan : 35:21
  6. Call for Submissions for the Next Podcast : 49:48
  7. Thanks & Last Thoughts on the Lawsuit: 50:08

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Music for this podcast composed by N. G. McClernan

Rants & Raves wanted for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast episode

The theme for the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast is "rants & raves."
  • A "rant" is generally a negative view of something or someone.
  • A "rave" is generally a positive view of something or someone.
Please send only one - either a rant or a rave. Not both. We will only accept one piece from each writer.

We may select as many as three scripts from the submissions to perform for the podcast.

Please review the web site and listen to at least one podcast to get an idea of what you are submitting to. The web site is http://www.playwrightspodcast.com - the next podcast episode will be out in a couple of days.

These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must be a rant or a rave.
  • The submission can be one monologue. 
  • The monologue can only be one page long, so choose your words carefully and edit edit edit.
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
  • All rights will remain with the playwright.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
  • It's OK if the monologue has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday December 9, 2018.
  • A recording of one (or more) selected monologues will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.

If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Podcast episode #5 is almost here!

The theme is Playwrights & Friends: the Dramatists Guild, Neil Simon & the selected play A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER & more.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

EPISODE #4: SUPERNATURAL PODCAST


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Welcome to the fourth episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "SUPERNATURAL PODCAST"

EPISODE PLAYLIST
  1. The Heebie Jeebies: 00:00 
  2. The Supernatural in Shakespeare : 01:15 
  3. The Scottish Play - interview with Professor James Shapiro: 2:09
  4. War of the Worlds & World War II: 11:12
  5. LAKE TOWANDA by Natasha Sera, performed by Starra Andrews: 21:47
  6. LOVERBOY by Michael Jalbert performed by Kate Ross, Erich Rausch, Michael Jalbert and an interview with Michael Jalbert : 25:15
  7. Next call for submissions, thanks & "Devil's Gonna Get You": 41:38

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Call for submissions for the next podcast

web site

The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be on the theme of writers - it's very meta. This is for the next podcast which is on the theme of Playwrights Institutions (like the Dramatists Guild).

These are the submission rules:
  • The deadline is Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • There is no fee for submission 
  • The script must have something to do with the writers.
  • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
  • The monologue can only be one page long. 
  • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
  • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
  • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
  • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
  • Only one submission per playwright.
  • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
  • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
  • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
  • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
  • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
  • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday November 3.
  • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Play selection for the next podcast.

The selection from the next episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast has been made. The selected piece is a 10-minute play by Michael Jalbert called LOVERBOY.

The next podcast on the theme of the supernatural, should be posted by around October 20.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

EPISODE #3: O CANADA


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Welcome to the third episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "O CANADA"

EPISODE PLAYLIST
  1. Escape to Canada: 00:00 
  2. Adam Susser asks Americans if they know who Justin Trudeau is : 01:12 
  3. I discover Justin Trudeau: 2:24 
  4. Brooke Johnson on Pierre Trudeau and TRUDEAU STORIES: 3:45 
  5. A scandal in Canada: 10:47 
  6. Alexis Diamond, translator, playwright, producer in Montreal: 12:59 
  7. Quebecois playwright Claude Montminy interview & FRANCONIA monologue in French & English performed by Constance Cooper: 25:05 
  8. Selected monologue CONTES DU CAMP CANADIAN by Vivian Lermond, performed by Bruce Barton & interview with Vivian: 35:04
  9. Composer Doug Price on working with Jeanine Tesori & the Canadian ghost town musical: 45:39
  10. Michael Rubinoff on creating his show COME FROM AWAY & kissing a fish: 51:27
  11. Canadian playwrights recommended by Doug Price, Alexis Diamond & Claude Montminy: 1:02:56
  12. Call for submissions for the next podcast: 1:03:36
  13. Thanks to Starra, Bruce, Constance, Doug, Alexis, Claude, Brooke, Vivian, Michael & Adam:  1:05:32
  14. Sarah Jeanne Ziegler's full version of "O Canada": 1:06:22

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    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Playwrights Podcast #4: The Supernatural

    The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be around the theme of The Supernatural in honor of Halloween.

    These are the submission rules:
    • The deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
    • There is no fee for submission 
    • The script must have something to do with the supernatural
    • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
    • The monologue can only be one page long. 
    • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
    • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
    • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
    • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
    • Only one submission per playwright.
    • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
    • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
    • The monologue or play may be submitted by any writer in the world but must be in English
    • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
    • The NYCPlaywrights decisions are final.
    • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologue and/or play on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday October 7.
    • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
    • If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    EPISODE THREE - COMING VERY SOON!

    The third episode CANADA of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be here soon. There's so much content it's taking longer than we anticipated to do all the editing. But soon!

    Until then, enjoy Jon Oliver's thoughts on the 2015 Canadian election.


    Saturday, September 15, 2018

    The third podcast, O CANADA, will be posted early this week

    The third episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be posted Monday or Tuesday of this week. It's packed with Canadian theater people including Michael Rubinoff, the originator of COME FROM AWAY as well as performances and fun facts about our giant friendly neighbor to the north.

    For instance - did you know that marijuana will be legal throughout the entire country as of October 17, 2018?

    Although things are already getting a little crazy in Canada as Stephen Colbert reports here:


    Sunday, September 9, 2018

    Selection for the next Podcast: CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond

    We received many good pieces for the NYCPlaywrights Podcast call for submissions on the theme of CANADA and the piece selected to be recorded for the next podcast episode is a monologue, CONTES DU CAMP CANADIEN by Vivian Lermond. You can hear it in the upcoming podcast scheduled for Sunday September 16, 2018.

    You can learn more about Vivian and her work - an interview with Vivian will be included in the Podcast.

    Thanks to all who submitted good work - we hope you will submit work for future podcast calls for submissions.

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    Playwrights Podcast #3: Call for Submissions

    The next NYCPlaywrights Podcast will be a celebration of our friendly giant neighbor to the north, Canada.

    UPDATE: please note that we neglected to say earlier that the plays can be in either English or French, since Canada is officially a bilingual country.

    These are the submission rules:
    • The deadline is Sunday September 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
    • There is no fee for submission 
    • The script must have something to do with Canada
    • The script can be in either English or French (or both) to honor the official bilingualism of Canada
    • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
    • The monologue can only be one page long. 
    • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
    • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
    • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
    • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
    • Only one submission per playwright.
    • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
    • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
    • The monologue or play can be submitted by current residents of the United States or Canada.
    • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
    • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
    • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday September 9.
    • A recording of the play will be included in the next NYCPlaywrights Podcast.
    • If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com

    Find out how to give your script an advantage over others - you have to listen to the podcast to hear it.

    EPISODE #2: A MIDSUMMER'S PODCAST

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    Welcome to the second episode of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast, "A Midsummer's Podcast."

    You can learn more about playwright Tom Misuraca and his work at http://www.tommiz.com

    You can find out more about Renee Nicole Gray and her many projects at reneenicolegray.com and reneenicolecreations.com. Her Twitter is @reneenicolegray and her Instagram is here.

    The actors in SHARK WEEK can also be found on social media:

    Sassi - sassysassicomedy.com
    Ken Wolf - www.manhattanrep.com
    Nilsa Reyna - www.nilsareyna.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @nilsareyna



    EPISODE PLAYLIST
    1. All about Midsummer: 00:00
    2. Dame Judy Dench as Titania in 1968: 02:58
    3. Reading of SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca: 4:34
    4. Interview with Tom Misuraca: 14:51
    5. The Beatles & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM & KING LEAR: 19:47
    6. Renee Nicole Gray & life as a Lady Gaga Impersonator: 27:48
    7. How to be a part of the next podcast: 38:22
    8. Starra Andrews as a fairy from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: 40:59

    Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Play selected SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca

    We received many good plays and monologues submitted for possible recording and inclusion in the next Podcast episode, "A Midsummer's Podcast" but we only have the resources to record one.

    We selected SHARK WEEK by Tom Misuraca.

    You can learn more about Tom and his play - an interview with Tom will be included in the Podcast.

    Thanks to everybody who submitted work ~ we are sorry we couldn't include more.

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    The poll is closed - naughty words will remain un-bleeped


    The voters of the NYCPlaywrights Podcast poll overwhelmingly voted to allow un-bleeped naughty words.

    Thanks to everybody who participated in this poll.

    For more about the Podcast check out playwrightspodcast.com 

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    Call for submissions: A MIDSUMMER'S PODCAST

    Would you like your monologue or 10-minute play or excerpt to be in the next NYCPlaywrights podcast? We are looking for scripts. And you can check out the first podcast episode at playwrightspodcast.com

    Submission Rules
    • The deadline is Sunday July 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
    • There is no fee for submission 
    • The submission can be one monologue or one ten-minute play or a ten-minute excerpt from a larger work.
    • The script must have something to do with summer or Shakespeare's "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
    • Only one submission per playwright.
    • The monologue can only be one page long. 
    • The ten-minute play or ten-minute excerpt cannot be longer than 10 pages.
    • The submission should be sent by email, with the script itself as a file attached to the email as a PDF file.
    • Send the script to hello@playwrightspodcast.com
    • All rights will remain with the playwright. 
    • The script must be submitted by the author of the script, no agents or others may submit. 
    • Make sure you have your name and your email address on the script. 
    • The monologue or play can be submitted by current residents of the United States only, for technical reasons.
    • It's OK if the play or monologue has been produced before. But not published.
    • The NYCPlaywrights selections decisions are final.
    • We will notify submitters of the decisions and announce the winning monologues on the NYCPlaywrights web site by Sunday August 5.
    • A recording of the play will be included in the NYCPlaywrights Podcast "A MIDSUMMER'S PODCAST" which will probably be posted mid to late August.
    • If you have any questions write to us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com


    An alternate way to include your work in the podcast

    For those playwrights who are a little more tech savvy, a way to increase the likelihood that your work will be included in the NYCPlaywrights Podcast is to record it yourself.

    Many people these days have recording devices - for instance the iPhone has a movie option in its Photos app. You can record your monologue or short play (no more than 10 minutes) and send it to us. You control all the aspects of the performance and get things just as you like them.

    Let us know what you think in the comments below or email us at hello@playwrightspodcast.com