A to Z Challenge – Q is for ?

Posted by mcm0704 on April 19, 2013 |

I was delighted to find a number of words beginning with the lettter “q” that were related to theatre in some way. Often this is a hard letter for those of us doing the A to Z Challenge. As are the letters “x” and “z”, but I’ll worry about them later. Anyway, thanks to the […]

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A to Z Challenge – P is for Proscenium

Posted by mcm0704 on April 18, 2013 |

Unless you have had any association with live theatre, you probably have no idea what a proscenium is. I know I did not before I started playing on stage, but simply put it is the area at the front of the stage facing the audience. The arch over that area creates a “window” around the […]

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A to Z Challenge – N is for Norman

Posted by mcm0704 on April 16, 2013 |

Today I thought I would feature another female playwright who has amassed considerable critical acclaim. Marsha Norman was born in Kentucky in 1947, and she got her start writing for the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. It was there that her first play, Getting Out, was produced. At the time, Norman had been working with disturbed […]

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A to z Challenge – M is for Miller

Posted by mcm0704 on April 15, 2013 |

Not Maryann Miller, although I have written several plays that have been produced in local community theatres, but Arthur Miller, who is considered one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. His career spanned over seven decades and he wrote plays, screenplays and books. Miller, who was born in 1915, studied at the University […]

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A to Z Challenge – L is for Levin

Posted by mcm0704 on April 13, 2013 |

Ira Levin, 1929 – 2007, was a versatile author and playwright. After he graduated from college, having attended attended Drake University in Iowa, the Horace Mann School, and New York University, he wrote training films and scripts for radio and television. Levin’s first produced play was No Time for Sergeants , which he adapted from a […]

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A to Z Challenge – J is for Jonson

Posted by mcm0704 on April 11, 2013 |

When I went looking for a playwright with a name that begins with the letter ‘j’, I was surprised to find so many. I was also surprised to see that James Joyce had written plays. I didn’t know that. I am familiar with his novels, only because I was forced to read them in college, […]

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A to Z Challenge – I is for Inge

Posted by mcm0704 on April 10, 2013 |

William Inge is another American playwright for whom I have a great deal of respect. He was born in Kansas in 1913 and died in 1973.His body of work is impressive, and like many highly creative people he was often plagued by doubts. When one of his best known plays, Come Back, Little Sheba was […]

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A to Z Challenge – H is for Hellman

Posted by mcm0704 on April 9, 2013 |

When I first learned about Lillian Hellman and her passion for writing, I wanted to be her. I was also intrigued by her passion for life and love and her unconventional lifestyle. She traveled extensively, flirted with communism, and had a 30 year relationship with the mystery writer Dashiell Hammett. The relationship started even before […]

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A to Z Challenge – G is for Gordon

Posted by mcm0704 on April 8, 2013 |

Today I thought I would feature a woman playwright and found an interesting one indeed. Like so many other writers, she, too, worked on both sides of the script, and won honors and recognition for both. Ruth Gordon Jones was born in 1896 in Massachusetts and died in 1985, and I love this old picture […]

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A to Z Challenge – F is for Foote

Posted by mcm0704 on April 6, 2013 |

As in Horton Foote, one of the most notable American playwrights who hailed from Texas. He was born in 1916 and died in 2009. I had the honor of meeting him at a several screenwriting seminars and film festivals in the Dallas area, and he was so kind to an aspiring screenwriter. I still treasure […]

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