From AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life's muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and - ultimately - what makes writers tick. (This feed is for the Subtext from 2018 onwards. For old episodes of the Subtext from 2015 to 2017, visit https://thisstage.la/category/the-subtext)
The Subtext: Quiara Alegría Hudes and the Path of the Healer
This month Brian talks to the playwright of 'Water by the Spoonful' and 'In the Heights' about her new memoir, 'My Broken Language.'
The Subtext: Plays That Fill You Up
This month Brian surveys playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and critics about the works they just can't shake, and why.
The Subtext: The Many Forms of Jen Silverman
This month Brian talks with the playwright of 'The Moors' and 'Collective Rage' about how writing for TV inspired her write a novel about the theatre.
The Subtext: Pandemic Playwriting, Part 2
This month, a check-in with the playwrights who first called in last March to see how they've fared in the intervening 10 months.
The Subtext: Gwydion Suilebhan’s Homecoming
This month Brian talks to the playwright/poet/marketer who's the driving force behind the New Play Exchange.
The Subtext: Kate Hamill’s Sensibility
The actor/playwright behind a trove of popular literary adaptations talks about her inspiration, and about her non-Austen work.
Great Theater Pod!
Brian runs a great show! Super informative and entertaining ☺️
Required Listening for Theatermakers
“The Subtext” on its surface builds a thoughtful, much needed community for playwrights... and there’s so much more underneath. I have yet to listen to a single episode of this most excellent podcast without gaining valuable new insight into all aspects of writing for the stage, navigating the difficult hurdles of play creation, and the ever-changing landscape of the American theatre. Polak’s opening monologues are always inspirational, and his conversational interview style is consistently revelatory. A genuine gift to playwrights.
A voice for theatre-makers everywhere
Brian James Polak may be the nicest playwright you’re ever going to meet, but he’s also one of the most incisive. If you love the theatre, or if you write creatively for any medium, his conversations with playwrights will inform, inspire, and somehow validate your own passions. No matter how much self-doubt is dogging you, listen to “The Subtext.” It will nudge you on.