Ep. 30 – Summer of Four Plays

Over the summer of 2022, between mid-May and Mid-September, I am attempting an ambitious challenge. I plan to create four distinct theatre projects completely from scratch. Due to the nature of my lifestyle (full time dad, other projects, travel, etc.) and practicality of the time available to me, this challenge is well outside my comfort zone. Updates to come on whether I succeed or not.

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Ep. 26 – Pillow Message

Just wanted to share this little concept I stumbled upon the other day… Pillow Message. Coined by literary agent Adam Chromy, a pillow message is a short, pithy statement one might broadcast on a t-shirt, a bumper sticker or have embroidered on a throw pillow. It tends to be a microscopic glimpse of a person’s life philosophy.

I thought it might be a neat tool for a playwright to draw upon when creating a character. Additionally, it could help shine a light on how a character’s perspective might tie in to a theme in the play.

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Ep. 14 – Influences Both Immediate and Grand

In this special episode I welcome my colleague Jeff Hernandez as we discuss our immediate obsessions as well as people that have had a wider influence on us as artists.

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If you wanna check out the Bike Soccer Jamboree Podcast that Jeff and I recently ended, here’s the LINK.

Ep. 12 – Fringe Touring and Not Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees

There’s an old adage that one should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. It basically means one shouldn’t lose sight of the bigger picture. This certainly true of fringe touring.

I have been traveling around to present my shows – ones I write and perform myself – to “fringe” theatre festivals all over North America in the last several years. I have observed within myself, and in others, how difficult it can be to keep the real reasons one is at the festival in the first place in mind, especially once one is in a new city and in the midst of a big arts festival. A fringe fest can feel overwhelming sometimes.

In this episode I talk about how difficult, but how necessary, it is to keep one’s eye on the prize. Once at a festival, after travel and preparation and all the energy to get the show up on its feet, the impetus is to relax a little. To retreat a bit away from the less fun responsibilities (or opportunities) which are often the real reasons for even coming to that festival. I cover the uncomfortable importance of marketing, of choosing to network and of maintaining a really high production quality among other tips and techniques.

 

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Ep. 11 – Lessons from Weckesser

A professor I had as an undergraduate recently passed on. I considered him a sort of indirect mentor on mine. He had quite an impact on me.

This episode is dedicated to John Weckesser (1941-2018).

[NOTE: This episode was originally released March 2, 2018 via SoundCloud. I am re-releasing the first season of episodes here on this site.]

 

Ep. 7 – Finding Time For Creative Work

In this episode, I talk about how artists need uninterrupted spans of time to do focused creative work. And I mention what I’m doing nowadays since I don’t have uninterrupted spans of time.

[NOTE: This episode was originally released November 5, 2017 via SoundCloud. I am re-releasing the first season of episodes here on this site.]

Ep. 5 – Dan Harmon and Some Thoughts on Improv

Some thoughts on how Dan Harmon approaches his show HarmonQuest and how I have cooled my jets a bit as far as improv goes… but I’m getting restless for it once again.

[NOTE: This episode was originally released October 13, 2017 via SoundCloud. I am re-releasing the first season of episodes here on this site.]

 

Ep. 4 – Capturing Ideas

An idea must be recorded immediately or it vanishes forever. I share my informal system of index cards, notebooks and Evernote to capture inspiration when it hits.

[NOTE: This episode was originally released October 3, 2017 via SoundCloud. I am re-releasing the first season of episodes here on this site.]