Paul Meshejian

Shelley Butler and Patrick Ross at PlayPenn. Photo by John Flak.

Beyond PlayPenn: Former conference interns come into their own, part 3

Former PlayPenn interns come into their own as theater professionals.

Patrick Ross with a script by James Ijames at PlayPenn, 2015. PlayPenn. Photo by John Fleck,

Under the wing of America’s most promising playwrights: PlayPenn interns speak, part 2

PlayPenn interns describe what its like to work with top playwrights.

Interns at the 2015 PlayPenn Conference. Photo by John Flak.

Interning PlayPenn, part 1: What theater students do behind the scenes of the playwriting conference

We hear from PlayPenn interns about the daily goings on of the conference.

David Jacobi, Photo supplied by the playwright

Widower and Beyond: Successful PlayPenn dramatist David Jacobi talks about the playwriting process

We celebrate PlayPenn with interviews of the major dramatists who have benefited from its programs.

Richard Dresser, Contemporary American Theater Festival

War Stories: Interview with Richard Dresser, successful PlayPenn dramatist

To celebrate this year’s conference, Phindie is running interviews with prestigious playwrights who have benefited from their experiences with PlayPenn.

PlayPenn Symposium 2015

How to Get Accepted into PlayPenn: Interview with founder Paul Meshejian, Part 3

How do you get your play accepted to PlayPenn? Founder Paul Meshejian gives the low down to the selection process.

Paul Meshejian, PlayPenn 2
Paul Meshejian, PlayPenn 4

PlayPenn, Theater, and “A comfortable place for misfits”: Interview with founder Paul Meshejian, Part 1

It’s unfashionable to suggest there’s such a thing as human nature, but we are “Homo narrans”—Man, the story teller. The theater will always be with us—as a sacred space.

James Ijames

Freezing one’s laughter mid-stream: THE MOST SPECTACULARLY LAMENTABLE TRIAL OF MIZ MARTHA WASHINGTON by James Ijames

“You will be broken and put back together again,” as one theatregoer commented on Facebook.

Given the explosive nature of this extraordinary play, I thought it important to talk to the playwright directly.

Some Other Kind of Person review photo InterAct Theatre Company

SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON (InterAct)

The title of Eric Pfeffinger’s SOME OTHER KIND OF PERSON, now in production by Interact Theatre Company, refers to a purposefully misquoted line of Aristotle, that if you act virtuously…