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From AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life's muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and - ultimately - what makes writers tick. (This feed is for the Subtext from 2018 onwards. For old episodes of the Subtext from 2015 to 2017, visit https://thisstage.la/category/the-subtext)

From AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life's muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and - ultimately - what makes writers tick. (This feed is for the Subtext from 2018 onwards. For old episodes of the Subtext from 2015 to 2017, visit https://thisstage.la/category/the-subtext)

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United States

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From AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life's muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and - ultimately - what makes writers tick. (This feed is for the Subtext from 2018 onwards. For old episodes of the Subtext from 2015 to 2017, visit https://thisstage.la/category/the-subtext)

Language:

English

Contact:

2126095900


Episodes

The Subtext: Making Space With Tanuja Jagernauth

9/16/2020
This month Brian talks to the Chicago-based playwright, activist, and healer about the transition points in her life and career.

The Subtext: Writing Across Mediums

8/18/2020
This month Brian hands the mic to Playwrights' Center's Jeremy Cohen and a panel of multi-platform writers.

Duration:01:56:07

The Subtext: Backstory and Foreshadowing

7/27/2020
In this solo episode, Brian reflects on the podcast's origins, frets about the future, and finds hope in an elder's advice.

Duration:01:40:26

The Subtext: E.M. Lewis’s Audio Diary

5/26/2020
The award-winning playwright records the joys and challenges of daily life on a farm in rural Oregon during the pandemic lockdown.

Duration:01:22:38

The Subtext: Excerpts From a Lost Spring

4/23/2020
This month, an anthology of scenes and monologues from 15 plays whose premieres were cut short by COVID-19.

Duration:00:59:01

The Subtext: Coronavirus Edition

3/23/2020
A special bonus episode features voicemails from playwrights all over the country about this extraordinary historical moment and how they're faring.

Duration:00:43:15

The Subtext: Will Arbery’s Guilt Traps

3/17/2020
The playwright of 'Plano' and 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' talks about Dallas theatre, existential crisis, and the difference between love and empathy.

Duration:01:33:09

The Subtext: Korde Arrington Tuttle’s Sporting Chance

2/18/2020
The playwright of 'graveyard shift' talks about football, spoken-word poetry, and finding a home in the theatre.

Duration:02:20:24

The Subtext: C.A. Johnson’s Trapped Women

1/21/2020
The writer of 'Thirst' and 'All the Natalie Portmans' talks about her Louisiana upbringing, starting out in fan fiction, and why she writes about cornered women.

Duration:02:23:24

The Subtext: Clare Barron’s Secret Sauce

12/17/2019
Brian James Polak talks to the playwright of 'Dance Nation' and 'You Got Older' about memory, pain, and first drafts.

Duration:02:11:05

The Subtext: From Prison to Performing With Lee Edward Colston II

11/20/2019
The former prison guard-turned-actor discusses how he found his writing voice, and how your biggest advocates can come from the most unexpected places.

Duration:00:43:18

The Subtext: Adam Szymkowicz on Redefining Success

10/22/2019
The playwright of 'Hearts Like Fists' has interviewed more than 1,000 playwrights on his website. Now it's his turn to be interviewed.

Duration:01:07:41

The Subtext: Monet Hurst-Mendoza on Day Jobs

9/24/2019
The NYC-based playwright talks about the time she juggled 5 day jobs, and how 'Law & Order' helped her quit them.

Duration:01:19:34

The Subtext: Writing Comic Book Plays With Crystal Skillman

8/20/2019
The author of 'Open' and 'Mary and Max' talks about how comic books influence her plays (and her marriage).

Duration:02:41:56

The Subtext: Roger Q Mason on Coming Out as Genderqueer

7/16/2019
The playwright talks about being forbidden from performing growing up and learning how to be his authentic self.

Duration:01:04:46

The Subtext: Networking with Will Snider, Anna Moench, and Steve Yockey

6/18/2019
The three playwrights discuss the importance of building and maintaining relationships in this industry.

Duration:02:21:26

The Subtext: Audrey Cefaly and Lisa Langford on Overcoming Rejection

5/14/2019
Catching up with two playwrights at the National New Play Network showcase.

Duration:02:08:39

The Subtext: Chisa Hutchinson Is Not a Fan of Colorblind Casting

3/19/2019
The playwright of 'Somebody's Daughter' and 'Surely Goodness and Mercy' talks about how private school almost broke her and how August Wilson shaped her thinking.

Duration:00:48:53

The Subtext: Rebecca Gilman

2/19/2019
The playwright of 'Luna Gale' and the new 'Twilight Bowl' discusses the perfect day job and that time she slept in Mary Rodgers's apartment.

Duration:01:24:26

The Subtext: Kristin Idaszak

1/15/2019
The award-winning playwright talks about early inspirations, breakthroughs, and how Naomi Iizuka pushed to write look inward to find her voice.

Duration:01:07:52