It Plays in Peoria
Monday, 12 January 2009
Theatre Artists Studio presents, Peoria, a new work by playwright Hal Corley. This play demonstrates the intricacies and nuances we experience in any kind of long-term relationship. Over the years we make assumptions about the other person. How do we respond when those assumptions are challenged? Please visit "upcoming events" on their web site for performance dates and ticket sales.
Look! Something Shiny!
Thursday, 08 January 2009

My colleagues assure me that the best way to learn how to write is to, well... write. And read. Don't forget to read. Good advice on both fronts. As far as the writing goes, "staying in the chair" is my challenge. I can blast out from the gate in a flurry of frenetic keystrokes only to stop abruptly to get a cup of coffee, change laundry, or open the mail. When I give in to this impulse, I'm usually away from the chair for at least an hour. By the time I get back, my characters are taking a nap.

Hey - Can I Have That?
Tuesday, 06 January 2009

Have you ever heard or read a play and wondered, "Why didn't I think of that?" I have. Lots of times. Too many times. In all those wishful moments, it never crossed my mind to simply pick up the plot, conflict, and characters and walk away with them.

A Magic Number...
Monday, 05 January 2009

Three's permeate our lives: professionally, personally, and all other aspects of life ending in "ly." To conclude this three-part series, I share the reminders that I take with me into every project I begin:
1.  Writing is rewriting.
2.  Writing a play is as much collaboration as it is isolation.
3.  Often times, when I start in the middle of a story, I find the beginning; when I start at the beginning, I find the end.

Two of Three
Monday, 05 January 2009

There are three things I know about each character by the time I'm ready to write:  what's in their medicine cabinet, refrigerator, and wallet.  Those three things lead me to their job, social life, and neuroses.  Then I know where they are broken, and I can begin.