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A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho as they try to figure out playwriting. New episode every Monday👍 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support

Beckett’s Babies Beckett’s Babies

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A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho as they try to figure out playwriting. New episode every Monday👍 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support

    113. PLAY: BureauCRAZY by Kate Danley

    113. PLAY: BureauCRAZY by Kate Danley

    Every month, we pick a play or two to discuss, and this week's episode is a play called "BureauCRAZY" by Kate Danley. We discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up  while reading the play. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode!

    About the Play:

    Grace and Amy, two outrageous admins stuck in a soul-sucking job, are just slogging their way through the work week. But when their supervisor chokes, everything goes awry and begins a domino-effect of destruction. 9-to-5 meets One Man, Two Guvnors in this quick-witted, sidesplitting farce.

    About the Playwright:

    Kate Danley is a USA TODAY Bestselling author and thirty-year veteran of stage and screen and one of the original co-founders of the Seattle Playwrights Salon.

    Glistens:

    Sarah - no-screen sunday and peaches and cream pie
    Sam - Arcadia by Lauren Groff

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    Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA)


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    • 39 min
    112. TOPIC: What Makes a Monologue Good w/ Returning Special Guest Shaun Leisher!

    112. TOPIC: What Makes a Monologue Good w/ Returning Special Guest Shaun Leisher!

    Hello,  listeners! In this week’s episode, we discuss the topic of what makes a monologue good with a very special returning guest--- a philadelphia-based dramaturg, producer, and arts education advocate-- Shaun Leisher!!! Did you know he reads one or two plays a day and has recommended 752 plays on New Play Exchange? Incredible! We are so happy to have Shaun back on our show and talk about all things theater and monologues.

    To learn more about Shaun's monologue finding service, be sure to check out his website!
    https://www.shaunleisher.com/

    GLISTENS

    Cho: Geffen playhouse Someone Else's House
    Sam: Moving to Boulder!!!
    Shaun: Went to the movies, Alex Lin!, coffee shops

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    Theme Music: "Live Like the  Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA)


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    • 48 min
    111. PLAY: Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

    111. PLAY: Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

    Every month, we pick a play or two to discuss and this week's episode is a play called "Between Riverside and Crazy" by Stephen Adly Guirgis. We discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode!

    About the Play:

    City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone.  For ex-cop & recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the  l ast great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems the  Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.

    About the Playwright:

    Stephen Adly Guirgis other select plays include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and The Motherfucker with the Hat. He is a former co-artistic director of Labyrinth Theater Company. Awards include the Yale Wind-ham Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award, the 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    Glistens:

    Sam: My birthday!!! 34!!
    Sarah: my brain

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    Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
    And as always, we would love to hear from you!  
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    Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com
    For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
    Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA)




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    • 35 min
    110. We're Back from Hiatus! Woot!

    110. We're Back from Hiatus! Woot!

    Hello, listeners! After taking a short break, we are BACK! In this episode, we catch up and share updates. Sarah is married and Sam still loves going into the woods and so much more! Stay tuned for next week's episode. We'll be discussing the play "Between Riverside and Crazy" by Stephen Adley Guirgis. Thanks for listening!

    Glistens:

    Cho: Geffen Stayhouse / Zoom play "Someone Else's House"
    Collier: Movie "The Old Guard"

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

    Theme Music: "Live Like the  Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA)


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    • 50 min
    109. PLAYBACK: Interview with Deborah Yarchun (2020)

    109. PLAYBACK: Interview with Deborah Yarchun (2020)

    Hey listeners! During the month of June, we’re taking a short break and replaying some of our favorite episodes. In Season 2, we had an amazing conversation discussing all-things playwriting with fellow Iowa playwright DEBORAH YARCHUN! Deborah Yarchun has had two Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center and won many more awards for her plays. She shares her experiences and some of her best practices in how she writes her plays. Enjoy!


    To learn more about Deborah and her work, be sure to check out the following websites:
    Website: www.DeborahYarchun.com
    NPX page: newplayexchange.org/users/114/deborah-yarchun

    Be sure to check out Deborah's article "Staying Focused in the Time  of COVID: 22 Tips and Strategies to Finding Focus" on the Playwright Center website: https://pwcenter.org/playwriting-toolkit/staying-focused-time-covid-22-tips-and-strategies-finding-focus


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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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    • 51 min
    108. PLAYBACK: Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan (2019)

    108. PLAYBACK: Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan (2019)

    Hey listeners! During the month of June, we’re taking a short break and replaying some of our favorite episodes. This week we want to share our interview with playwright and arts advocate Gwydion Suilebhan. If you are a playwright or someone who is just starting to write plays, then you must know the New Play Exchange. Gwydion is the chief architect of the New Play Exchange and he has so much to tell us about making plays and creating your own vision of what theater can be. Enjoy!


    To learn more about Gwydion and his work, you can visit the following links
    Website: www.suilebhan.com
    NPX Profile: newplayexchange.org/users/104/gwydion-suilebhan
    Or follow him on Twitter @GwydionS

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    Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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

    Theme Music: "Live Like the  Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA)


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

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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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