An Urgent Play

Hello, artistic directors and literary managers! How are you? It’s season planning time, so if your theater is anything like mine, I know how fraught things can be. Finding the right stories to tell—stories that respond to the present moment, that speak to your audiences, that promise the possibility of tremendous engagement and interest—is never as easy as outsiders think it is. (Especially us playwrights!) So
New Play Exchange

Playwrights and the New Play Exchange

People say that if you really want to experience the seedy underbelly of humanity, to uncover our darkest impulses and encounter people at their absolute ugliest, you really need look no further than the comments section on pretty much any article you find anywhere on the internet. But I am here to tell you all today that there is actually one circle of Hell even deeper than that one: tech support. Now, I knew you we
The Butcher

What Do You See When You See a Play?

After the first preview performance of THE BUTCHER, when the talkback was over and the audience had largely dispersed, a woman approached me. She was trembling a bit, but she waited patiently for a chance to speak with me alone. She wouldn’t take her eyes off me—her intensity was more than a bit intimidating—and as I perched on the edge of the stage, chatting with the last few well-wishers, I worried about what

Storming the Court

Two days ago, the University of Maryland’s men’s basketball team — for which I’ve been rooting my entire life — upset Wisconsin in an important home game. Immediately after the victory, fans stormed the court to celebrate. As those things go, it was a peaceful expression of joy: no one got hurt, nothing was damaged, and that was that. But the subject became a matter of some debate the ne
Gwydion in the Russian Lounge


As I’ve started to get deeper and deeper into the development of my new solo performance piece for The Welders, I’ve felt this urge to invite people into the fretful, revelatory process of being a writer: to show, for the record, a bit of what it actually looks like to live and tell stories, at least from my perspective, in the 21st century. So for the time being, while I’m working on that still-unt