Produced and hosted by David McKibbin, Directions and Dialogue explores the art of playwriting with masters of the craft.
Host David McKibbin is sitting down with Tara Moses. Hailing from the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Tara has been making waves as a playwright and director, with her works being staged at Native Voices at the Autry, Arena Stage, American Indian Community House, and the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Some of plays include Sections, He’eo’o, Arbeka, and Patchwork. Tara is the producing artistic director of telatúlsa, co-artistic director in residence at Red Eagle Soaring, and a co-founder of Groundwater Arts. She is also an MFA Candidate in Directing at Brown University, where her works have been integrated into the school’s theatre curriculum. Her plays can be read on the New Play Exchange.
Philip Middleton Williams: Part 2
Previously, host David McKibbin sat down with Philip Middleton Williams, author of plays such as The Hunter, Can’t Live Without You and All Together Now. They talked about how his education and life experience shaped his artistic endeavors as a playwright and theatre scholar, along with his personal interactions with writers such as Lanford Wilson and Robert Anderson. This week, they go into greater depth discussing how Philip got the acting bug as a teenager, and the vulnerable experiences that inspired his plays The House by the Side of the Road and A Tree Grows in Longmont. Watch Silver Tongued Stages' production of A Tree Grows in Longmont on YouTube.
Philip Middleton Williams: Part 1
In this two-part episode, host David McKibbin sits down with Philip Middleton Williams, author of plays such as The Hunter, Can’t Live Without You and All Together Now, along with the novel Bobby Cramer. In this first episode, we talk about how his education and life experience shaped his artistic endeavors as a playwright and theatre scholar. We will discuss his personal interactions with writers such as Lanford Wilson and Robert Anderson and explore his latest un-produced works, The Sugar Ridge Rag and The House by the Side of the Road. So let’s take our seats before the curtain rises.
Deborah Zoe Laufer
Join host David McKibbin as he speaks with with Deborah Zoe Laufer. Some of Deb’s plays include The Last Schwartz, End Days, Out of Sterno, Leveling Up, and the Three Sisters of Weehakwen. Her works have been produced in regional theaters from The Hippodrome in Gainesville all the way to Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. In this episode, we will be talking about Deb’s journey from actress to playwright, her time studying writing at Juilliard and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and her prior experience with companies such as Florida Stage and Florida Atlantic University Theatre Lab.
I really enjoyed listening to this series. My favorite episode was with Deborah Zoe Laufer. David is a great host who helps each guest writer come out of their shell.