65 episodes

A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join us, your hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho, as we dive deep into honest conversations about playwriting and theater. Every week, we will discuss plays we love, share helpful writing exercises, and interview guests to discover how we can all become better writers together. We want to be a resource for anyone interested in writing plays and being part of a community. New episode every Monday!

Beckett's Babies Sarah Cho and Sam Collier

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    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join us, your hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho, as we dive deep into honest conversations about playwriting and theater. Every week, we will discuss plays we love, share helpful writing exercises, and interview guests to discover how we can all become better writers together. We want to be a resource for anyone interested in writing plays and being part of a community. New episode every Monday!

    66. PLAYWRIGHT: August Wilson

    66. PLAYWRIGHT: August Wilson

    We are excited for an all-new series where we look at the work of a single playwright and from their large body of work, we look at the first play they’ve ever written, a play from their mid-career, and the latest or the most recent play of their career.

    In this first of what we hope to be many series, we discuss the life and work of August Wilson. We read the three plays Jitney, The Piano Lesson, and Radio Golf to discuss our thoughts and August Wilson's craft of playwriting. We hope you will check these plays out and join us!

    AUGUST WILSON PLAYS:
    1. Jitney
    2. The Piano Lesson
    3. Radio Golf


    GLISTENS:
    Sarah's: I hate fireworks.
    Sam's: Urgent Care + human touch

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    And as always, we would love to hear from you!

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    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    65. TOPIC: Writing Artistic Statements

    65. TOPIC: Writing Artistic Statements

    Have you ever written an artistic statement? Every playwright, at some point in their career, has to write an artistic statement, or what others might call a “Manifesto”. Whether it be for a playwriting opportunity, or for your website, it might be good to have one in your arsenal ready to go. In this episode, we want to discuss what it is, what’s the purpose, why it may or may not be important, how you could approach to writing one, and questions to help you get started in thinking about what your artistic statement.

    GLISTENS:
    Sarah: Sarah Moved to a New Apartment
    Sam: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


    HELPFUL LINKS:

    Tips for Writing Your Artistic Statement from the Playwrights Corner.
    https://www.larktheatre.org/blog/tips-writing-your-artistic-statment/

    “The Artist Statement - From Playwrights to Artistic Directors, This is What They Said…” from Theaterspeak
    http://www.theaterspeak.org/2013/08/the-artist-statement-from-playwrights.html

    "What's Your Brand? Not Having One Is Hurting You"
    https://blog.finaldraft.com/whats-your-brand-not-having-one-is-hurting-you
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    And as always, we would love to hear from you!

    Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode.
    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
    For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com

    • 45 min
    64. INTERVIEW: Tanuja Jagernauth Returns!

    64. INTERVIEW: Tanuja Jagernauth Returns!

    Based in Chicago, Tanuja Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. We talked with Tanuja a few months ago about her theatrical work, and we have her back on to discuss her work organizing the response of Chicago theaters to the Black Lives Matter movement, the coronavirus pandemic, and this moment in time. She will be working on a musical adaptation of FAUST with Prop Thtr with Olivia Lilley as the director. They start a workshop in July and the production will be in the spring of 2021. Be sure to be on the lookout!

    GLISTENS:
    Sarah - Her postponed Wedding
    Tanuja - Google "racist statues Enya"
    Sam - Netflix's When They See Us

    Tanuja's Recommendations, References & Uplifts:

    WASTED by Free Street Theater
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-street-theater-presents-wasted-tickets-108725549044

    "Victory Gardens Boards Windows Against Black Lives, Arts Community Protests Leadership" by Regina Victor
    https://rescripted.org/2020/06/08/victory-gardens-protests/

    TransformHarm
    https://transformharm.org/

    "It takes more than #OpenYourLobby to address racism in American theater" by Miranda Gonzalez
    https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/beyond-openyourlobby-supporting-urbantheater-bipoc-theaters/

    Brave Space Alliance
    https://www.bravespacealliance.org/

    Chicago Freedom School
    https://chicagofreedomschool.org/

    Let Us Breathe Collective
    https://www.letusbreathecollective.com/

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    Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies

    And as always, we would love to hear from you!

    Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode.
    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
    For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    63. Theaters Response to Black Lives Matter

    63. Theaters Response to Black Lives Matter

    Hello, listeners. We hope you are well and staying safe. We are still processing what's happening in the country and the world. In this episode, we discuss some ways theaters are responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. One of which is #openyourlobby. The following theaters have opened their doors in response to the movement. This is not the complete list as more theatres may be opening their doors. Below is what we know so far. We would love to hear what you've experienced and noticing what other theaters are doing.

    NEW YORK
    MANHATTAN
    New York Theatre Workshop - first
    ART South Oxford Space
    IRT Theatre
    The Public Theatre
    Playwrights Horizons
    Atlantic Theater Company
    Signature Theatre
    Mabou Mines - https://www.maboumines.org
    New York Live Arts
    SubCulture
    Dixon Place
    EST
    Club Cumming: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBD_boKhlur/
    MoMA PS1
    MCC Theater
    Second Stage Theater
    Classic Stage Company partnership with Everyman Espresso
    Collapsable Hole
    NYU Skirball
    Soho Rep
    Cherry Lane Theatre

    BROOKLYN
    Bric
    Irondale Center
    Brooklyn Museum
    Cloud City
    Brooklyn Arts Exchange

    CALIFORNIA
    The Flight Deck (Oakland)
    San Jose Stage
    Aurora Theatre Company, Bay Area Children’s Center, & Berkeley Rep (Berkeley)
    Center Theatre Group (Culver City)
    The Music Center (LA)
    UCB LA

    WASHINGTON, DC
    Studio Theatre
    Woolly Mammoth
    Arena Stage
    Source Theatre
    930 Club
    Keegan Theatre
    Shakespeare Theatre

    PENNSYLVANIA
    PHILADELPHIA
    Wilma Theater
    Underground Arts
    Kimmel Center

    PITTSBURGH
    Kelly Strayhorn Theater

    SEATTLE
    Arts West Playhouse

    PORTLAND, OR
    Portland Center Stage
    Shaking the Tree Theatre

    CHICAGO
    Chicago Dramatists
    The Den
    Goodman
    Steep

    AUSTIN
    Vortex Repertory Company

    HELPFUL LINKS/INFORMATION/RESOURCES/DONATE:
    https://blacklivesmatter.com/
    https://blacklivesmatter.carrd.co
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-tony-mcdade

    GLISTENS
    Sarah: Adopt-A-America
    https://crooked.com/articles/how-to-adopt-a-battleground-state-in-2020/
    Sam: Sandra Bland
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    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
    For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com

    • 53 min
    62. INTERVIEW: Sean David DeMers

    62. INTERVIEW: Sean David DeMers

    Hello listeners! We want to thank you all so much for your support so far this year. We are truly thankful to you all. We also want to acknowledge the pain and suffering that is happening in our communities. We hear, we understand, and we support everyone that has either donated and protested in support of #blacklivesmatter. Thanks for tuning in and we hope you will enjoy this episode.
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    Listeners! We are so excited for you to listen to this new episode of Beckett's Babies! We had an amazing conversation discussing all-things playwriting with a fellow cohort of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop program... Sean David DeMers! In this episode, Sean shares with us memories of his childhood, how he first got into playwriting, and the importance of memory in his work. We even share some fond memories of the Workshop. We hope you will enjoy this very 'memory' themed show. Thank you!

    Sean David DeMers is a playwright with New England and New York City roots. Plays include FACULTY PORTRAIT, produced at IRT Theatre in New York City, the musical JULES VERNE'S FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON with FringeNYC, LITTLE BLUE PILL read at the Last Frontier Conference in 2019, and ENCAPSULATED produced by The Navigators as part of their one-act sci-fi play festival. Sean has two short plays published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals, OFF TACKLE GLIDE and FOUR MOVEMENTS. Sean is a graduate of the Iowa MFA Playwright's Workshop and recently picked up a project started there with the play FAYE by translating and adapting the existing Ancient Greek plays, starting with the most obscure.

    GLISTENS:
    Sean - Live Concerts on Youtube, Huey Lewis and The News
    Sam - Protest and MN freedom fund $20 million in the past few days.
    Sarah - A childhood memory.

    To learn more about Sean and his work, be sure to check out his website: https://seandemers3.wixsite.com/seandaviddemers

    Also! Sean shared with us his favorite playwriting exercise. Go to our website www.beckettsbabies.com to learn more!
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    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
    For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com

    • 59 min
    61. INTERVIEW: Art Borreca (Special Episode!)

    61. INTERVIEW: Art Borreca (Special Episode!)

    Hello, listeners! Boy, do we have a treat for you! This is an in-depth special episode where we had the greatest pleasure of chatting with one of our favorite people from Iowa... ART BORRECA! He is the Co-Head of the Playwriting Program and Head of the Dramaturgy Program at the University of Iowa (aka where Sam and I met and became friends!). Art talks about his journey into theater and dramaturgy, what he loves about new plays, and shares with us the Iowa Playwrights Workshop program. We are so excited for you to listen to this one. So please, grab your favorite drink, kick your feet up, and listen to this very special episode.

    Art Borreca is associate professor of dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and theatre history, co-head of the playwriting program, and head of the dramaturgy program. He has worked as a dramaturg with a number of leading theatre artists, including Athol Fugard, Wole Soyinka, Theodora Skipitares, David Gothard, and Naomi Wallace in such venues as the Yale Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LaMama ETC, Oxford Stage Company in the U.K., and T.P.T (Theatre Project Tokyo) in Japan.

    His research interests include contemporary British and American theatre, new play dramaturgy, and political dramaturgy. His articles and reviews have appeared in TDR (The Drama Review), Modern Drama, and Theatre Journal; as well as in several books, including Dramaturgy in American Theatre, What is Dramaturgy? and Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America. Professor Borreca is a contributing editor of the two-volume Norton Anthology of Drama.


    GLISTENS:
    Sarah - Sinkholes
    Sam - American Shakespeare Virtual Tour
    https://americanshakespearecenter.com/vr/
    Art - His students from his Post-Modern class.

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    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
    For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com

    • 1 hr 48 min

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A Playwriting Podcast for Everyone

This podcast is what I've been looking for in a playwriting podcast: interviews, insights, technique, and reality. Sarah and Sam are genuinely curious and interested in what they're discussing, and I leave each episode feeling nourished and inspired. If you're a playwright who has written a ton of plays, or if you've never written a play before, this podcast is for you.

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