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Friday, February 6, 2015

How to Write a Play in 24 Days by John Yearley

I was late to work. My son’s school had invited parents to observe the first half hour of class, and there was no way I was missing that. I hoped to catch a train that would...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 01:47PM
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Favorite Opening by John Yearley

There was no red carpet. There were no lights. Well, there were no lights outside. It would have been odd for there to have been lights outside since it was the middle of the day. It...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 02:54PM
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Things That Never Happen Happen All the Time by John Yearley

Note: The play I wrote for young audiences, Fake Flowers Don't Die, is going to be performed in schools, theatres, and community centers in the Cincinnati area throughout the month of Octobe…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:45AM
Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Play I Happened to Have Written by John Yearley

Every writer can tell a version of this story: For one reason or another, you are called upon to look at some of your old work. As you go through it, a disquieting feeling arises. Lines...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 06:13PM
Monday, May 14, 2012

An Experience by John Yearley

I once heard a talk by the Artistic Director of one of the country’s largest and most respected children’s theatres. One of the great benefits of writing for kids, he said, was the respo…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:16AM
Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Boy Who Really, Really Liked His Horse by John Yearley

So…War Horse. It’s a juggernaut. It won six Oliviers. It won five Tonys. It won Best Play on both sides of the pond. It has been made into a giganto new movie by Steven Spielberg that...

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 12:14PM
Friday, November 11, 2011

Inspiration - Sarah Ruhl by John Yearley

I hate reading plays. There’s no excuse for it. I’m a playwright. I have to read plays. But I hate it. A friend of mine, Paul Meshejian, is the artistic director of PlayPenn. He is takin…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 05:04PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011

PlayPenn Part I by John Yearley

My name is easy to misspell. The second “e” doesn’t effect the pronunciation, so it often gets left off. It doesn’t bother me, and is such a common mistake I usually don’t even not…

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 09:40AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

House of Blue Leaves (and the magic of less critical viewing) by John Yearley

When I was a kid, I saw the PBS telecast of The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare on American Playhouse. The production, a Lincoln Center revival, starred John Mahoney and Swoosie Kurtz. I …

SOURCE: Extra Criticum at 11:45AM

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