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Playwrights Under Pressure: Part 2 of interview with OSLO playwright J.T. Rogers

“The American theater is chock full of inward looking plays that fester over small, personal family dramas”

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

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

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

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“Lauren Feldman is a goddess”: 10 Philadelphia playwrights describe a beloved PlayPenn teacher

Lauren Feldman’s 7-week course for Philadelphia area playwrights had such a profound impact on those she taught.

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GIANTESS: Interview with Genne Murphy, successful PlayPenn dramatist

Our series of interviews with prominent PlayPenn playwrights continues…

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A Trewly Awful Trip to the Desolat Interior of a Successful PlayPenn Dramatist: Interview with Ellen Struve

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

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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.

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Summer Tailgating: A guide to upcoming new work for theater lovers, likers, and makers

A list of summer pre-season new work tailgating essentials to get us pumped for the 2016/16 theater season.

Upcoming Readings

  What: How Green Was My Valley with music by Roger Ames and book and lyrics by Elizabeth Bassine; The Gig with music, book, and lyrics by Doug Cohen; and A Good Man with music by…

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[book review] THE PHILADELPHIA CONNECTION: CONVERSATIONS WITH PLAYWRIGHTS, by B.J. Burton

Interviews with fifteen of Philadelphia’s noted contemporary playwrights give insights into the city’s flourishing theater community.

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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.

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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.

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Finding art in taking risks: Doug Williams

“I have hated this play sometimes,” says Doug Williams. Strong words, when you’re talking about something you’ve written yourself.

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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.