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Thursday, January 26, 2017

True and False: Harold Pinter’s HOMECOMING in a Post-Factual World by Ben Coleman

Harold Pinter was a playwright entrenched in politics, who held a firm view of truth and falsehoods. Knowing that, how do his plays hold up in today's society? The post True and False: Harol…

SOURCE: www.breakingcharactermagazine.com at 03:11PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Writers Room with Topher Payne by Ben Coleman

Topher Payne is a playwright with complex truths that are often wrapped inside the crackling wit and slicing humor. Learn more about his style, work and 100-year-old house here. The post Wri…

SOURCE: www.breakingcharactermagazine.com at 03:36PM
Friday, October 14, 2016

Theatrical Licensing By Day, Playwrighting By Night: A Discussion with David Kimple by Ben Coleman

The balance of a day job and night job in the theatre has long been a challenge for many. Here, our Literary Supervisor sits down to chat with Samuel French's Licensing Manager to discuss ju…

SOURCE: www.breakingcharactermagazine.com at 12:50PM
Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Shift of Cultural Conversation: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS by Ben Coleman

A play that began churning on the heels of President Obama’s inauguration saw its world premiere two-to-three months after the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the rise …

SOURCE: www.breakingcharactermagazine.com at 11:21AM
Monday, April 25, 2016

“Come Spirit, Come Charm”: An Interview with Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon on the 25th Anniversary of THE SECRET GARDEN by Ben Coleman

Today marks the 25th anniversary of THE SECRET GARDEN. In this exclusive interview, the creators chat about its creation, stories from behind the footlights, and how it has touched the lives…

SOURCE: breakingcharactermagazine.com at 11:14AM
Monday, January 11, 2016

Imagination, Desire & Getting Personal: Clare Barron, Jennifer Haley and Anne Kauffman in Conversation by Ben Coleman

Clare Barron's YOU GOT OLDER. Jennifer Haley's THE NETHER. How do these contrasting plays connect? Three must-know women of the theatre sit down to discuss. The post Imagination, Desire …

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 11:10AM
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

OOB Festival Now Taking Submissions! by Ben Coleman

The 41st Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (or OOB) is now taking submissions! We will be accepting submissions from December 22nd until February, 12th 2016 at 11:59PM. T…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 09:32AM
Monday, November 16, 2015

Film Adaptation of ORI & ADDISON by Ben Coleman

2012 brought some very exciting work to the OOB Festival, and one especially memorable short play has been adapted into a short film. Playwright James C. Ferguson’s short Ori &…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 12:44PM
Monday, October 12, 2015

Fathers, Sons, and Death of a Salesman by Ben Coleman

In this heartwarming piece, Ben Coleman discusses the most influential piece of theater he ever saw: Not a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, but a community theatre production of DEATH OF A SAL…

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 12:15PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Lineage of Lomans by Ben Coleman

From Lee J. Cobb to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Broadway has been a range of talented men fill the shoes of the iconic character Willy Loman. Learn how those actors came to take on the role, the…

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 11:24AM
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

THE FLICK: Second Wave Naturalism and Observation on the Stage by Ben Coleman

August Strindberg and Émile Zola are often credited as being the “Fathers of Naturalism.” In Zola’s 1880 essay, Naturalism on the Stage he outlines that plays should comprise three el…

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 12:58PM
Monday, August 10, 2015

Winners Announced for the 40th Annual OOB Festival by Ben Coleman

This weekend’s FINALIST Presentation was incredible, and we ultimately awarded six playwrights with a publishing and licensing contract with Samuel French Inc. All of these winnin…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 09:50AM
Saturday, August 8, 2015

12 Short Plays Make it to the OOB Finals! by Ben Coleman

The OOB Festival is typically a wild and unpredictable week. In keeping with this tradition our judges last night decided to switch it up on us, and move FOUR new play onto today’s Fin…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 09:14AM
Friday, August 7, 2015

Another 2 Plays Progress to the Finals! by Ben Coleman

Thursday night was a memorable evening peopled with porn stars, tattoo artists, bronco riders, and well… John Patrick Shanley. This diverse group of plays was judged by Sharon Fallon (…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 09:40AM
Thursday, August 6, 2015

2 More Shows Advance in the OOB Festival! by Ben Coleman

Wednesday night not only brought us a terrific showing of short plays, but also plays with music, and musicals! We were joined by another distinguished panel of judges, Abigail Katz (Di…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 10:38AM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The first 3 plays advance in the OOB Festival! by Ben Coleman

Tuesday night was the first round of performances for the 40th Annual OOB Festival, and it was a terrifc showing! We saw plays with kettle corn, egg-smashing, and experimental commericals to…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 11:42AM
Friday, July 24, 2015

The Struggle of Class: MY MANANA COMES by Ben Coleman

No one writes about class issues in the 21st century like Elizabeth Irwin. Go behind the scenes of an Upper East Side restaurant to learn more. The post The Struggle of Class: MY MANANA COME…

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 12:55PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ADAM INTERVIEWS OOB PLAYWRIGHTS: KATHARINE HENNER by Ben Coleman

Playwrights and theatre practicioners are no stranger to Adam Szymkowicz. Adam electrifies the stage with his unique plays, and he engages with other writers online in his blo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 12:59PM
Thursday, July 16, 2015

MEET THE FINAL 30 PLAYWRIGHTS: ERIN MALLON by Ben Coleman

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: ERIN MALLON The Salty Part of the Animal will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival on Tuesday August 4th at 8:00pm. Click Here for tickets. Erin is an active p…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 12:30PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MEET THE FINAL 30 PLAYWRIGHTS: CHARLY EVON SIMPSON by Ben Coleman

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: CHARLY EVON SIMPSON Happy Anniversary will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival on Tuesday August 4th at 6:30pm. Click Here for tickets. Charly is a playwright…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 03:00PM
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Adam Interviews OOB Playwrights: Bella Poynton by Ben Coleman

Playwrights and theatre practicioners are no stranger to Adam Szymkowicz. Adam electrifies the stage with his unique plays, and he engages with other writers online in his blo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 03:52PM

MEET THE FINAL 30 PLAYWRIGHTS: GWENDOLYN RICE by Ben Coleman

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: GWENDOLYN RICE Lucky Numbers will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival on Wednesday August 5th at 6:30pm. Click Here for tickets. Gwendolyn is a professional w…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 12:30PM
Monday, July 13, 2015

MEET THE FINAL 30 PLAYWRIGHTS: AMY STAATS by Ben Coleman

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: AMY STAATS Throws of Love will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival on Tuesday August 4th at 6:30pm. Click Here for tickets. Amy is a prominent playwright, act…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 01:35PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

MEET THE FINAL 30 PLAYWRIGHTS: CAREY CRIM by Ben Coleman

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: CAREY CRIM Glamping will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival on Friday August 7th at 6:30pm. Click Here for tickets. Carey is an NYC based playwright whose wo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 12:35PM

Adam Interviews OOB Playwrights: Dominic Finocchiaro by Ben Coleman

Playwrights and theatre practicioners are no stranger to Adam Szymkowicz. Adam electrifies the stage with his unique plays, and he engages with other writers online in his blo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 01:00AM
Monday, July 6, 2015

MEET THE FINAL 30 PLAYWRIGHTS: NICK GANDIELLO by Ben Coleman

FEATURED PLAYWRIGHT: NICK GANDIELLO At the Finish will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival on Tuesday August 4th at 8:00pm. Click Here for tickets. Nick Gandiello is a playwright,…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 12:30PM
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ADAM INTERVIEWS OOB PLAYWRIGHTS: JOHN MINIGAN by Ben Coleman

Playwrights and theatre practicioners are no stranger to Adam Szymkowicz. Adam electrifies the stage with his unique plays, and he engages with other writers online in his blo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 03:40PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ADAM INTERVIEWS OOB PLAYWRIGHTS: VANESSA GARCIA by Ben Coleman

Playwrights and theatre practicioners are no stranger to Adam Szymkowicz. Adam electrifies the stage with his unique plays, and he engages with other writers online in his blo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 01:06PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Adam Interviews OOB Playwrights: Nick Gandiello by Ben Coleman

Playwrights and theatre practicioners are no stranger to Adam Szymkowicz. Adam electrifies the stage with his unique plays, and he engages with other writers online in his blo…

SOURCE: oob.samuelfrench.com at 03:41PM
Friday, June 12, 2015

Dinner & Drinks: Union Square by Ben Coleman

In our Dinner & Drinks series, Lit Associate Ben Coleman tells you which restaurants and bars to hit up pre and post-show. Whether you're flying solo, impressing a date, or having Mom a…

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 02:26PM
Monday, May 4, 2015

Espionage & Intrigue: The Haunting Tale of FILM CHINOIS by Ben Coleman

Haunting. Atmospheric. Thrilling. This tale of espionage and intrigue is one you don't want to miss. The post Espionage & Intrigue: The Haunting Tale of FILM CHINOIS appeared first on …

SOURCE: www.samuelfrench.com at 01:09PM

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