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First Principles

Trying my hand at many kinds of writing — playwriting, screenwriting, radio plays, short stories, and poetry — I’ve come to think about what’s consistent across all of them. What makes a piece of writing interesting whether it’s a novel or a poem? Years ago, I came across a list of commandments for comedy writers […]

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A Sense of the Magical

“Imagine making plays as if Beckett, Churchill, Shawn, Fornes, Gambaro, Anouilh, Kennedy, Sondheim…hadn’t happened. – Caridad Svich As a theatre student in the late ’90s, drinking Pabst beer and staging True West on the six-foot stage of Groovacious Records in Cedar City, a pastime for me and my fellow free spirits was ranting about the […]

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The Process of Cleaning Up

“What a tremendously hostile world a rat must endure. Yet not only does he survive, he thrives. And the reason for this is because our little foe has an instinct for survival and preservation second to none. And that, Monsieur, is what a Jew shares with a rat.” – Colonel Landa In the opening scene […]

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