OHIO MFA Playwriting alums Jackie Reingold (2003) and Laura Jacqmin (2007) recently worked on the writing staff for the soon to be released Netflix series, Grace and Frankie.
OHIO MFA Playwriting alums Jackie Reingold and Laura Jacqmin served on the writing staff for the premiere season of “Grace and Frankie”, a new Netflix series starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. The series debuts on May 8th, streaming on your nearest interweb device. Read a preview here: http://www.people.com/article/grace-and-frankie-netflix-jane-fonda-lily-tomlin
The dates and times for the 2015 Annual Seabury Quinn Jr Playwrights Festival are now posted on the website! Included in the lineup are full productions of “Only Good Things Happen at the Fair” by Neal Adelman and “Dauphin Island” by Jeffrey Chastang, as well as 6 readings. The festival runs April 23rd to the 25th, 2015 in Kantner Hall on the campus of Ohio University.
Readings featured in the festival include “Fools Gold” by Morgan Patton, “Random House” by Aaron Johnson, “Bait Shop” by Ryan Patrick Dolan, “ChocolateSexPuppyTacos (A Non-Denominational Comedy)” by Tyler Whidden, “Karate Hottie” by Catherine Weingarten, and “Tight End” by Rachel Bykowski.
Hey, I know what you’re doing. Coming home from that 9-6 job with the 45 minute commute either way. Eleven total hours dedicated to that job you don’t care about. You’re tired, but F that noise. You’re not gonna get stuck in that hell hole. You’re gonna write tonight, right? I mean work out, and then write. Or maybe you’ll write tonight, and get up early tomorrow and work out. Yeah, that’s what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna get home, and cook that chicken that’s been sitting in your fridge. It’s not spoiled yet. You’re take that cucumber out of the crisper tray, and open up that bag of lettuce and make a nice salad. Fill up a mason jar with some refreshing, clean tap water. You’re gonna sit down at your laptop. And you’re gonna bang out five pages. Hell, no. You’re gonna bang out ten pages. Ok, at least five pages. Five pages is doable. Heck, if you did five pages a day, for four weeks, you’d have that play done. In a month. You can sit down and do anything for four weeks. You’re not gonna check Facebook. You’re not gonna check the score. You’re not gonna check Etsy. You’re gonna go home and cook your chicken and make your salad and drink your water and write your five pages. You’re gonna go to bed by 10:30pm and wake up at 5:30am and workout. This is it. This is simple. You’re a Writer, capital W, and this is how it’s gonna be from now on.
You know you’ll save yourself some writing time if you just popped in and got a slice of pizza instead of cooking. You’re gonna work out tomorrow so it’s okay. The chicken will still be good. Maybe you’ll get your pages done and cook it tonight so you can have it for lunch and dinner tomorrow. Save some money. Yeah. So get a slice. Oh, man you ate that quick. Still hungry, right? Go ahead and get another. Just three bucks. Still saving money. And a coke. Dinner under ten bucks. Good stuff. Head up to your apartment. You’re just a little tired. Just rest your head and watch some Cheers on Netflix for a bit. Just rest the brain cells. Dang this show is so good. This is great writing. This is helping your writing. This is writing homework. Good on you.
Text message. David. You haven’t seen that guy in weeks. Beer? Sure. It’s only 7:30pm. One beer won’t kill you. It’s important to keep up with friends. How the heck can you be a writer if you don’t socialize? If you don’t hang out and see how other people live their life?
Four beers and a shot later. Dang $30 with tip…
You’ll get up early and write tomorrow before work….
Deadline for Ohio’s MFA Playwriting program is February 15th.
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Chantal Bilodeau has a new essay on worldpolicy.org, “A Playwright’s Journey Into the Canadian Arctic,” about her research and writing in the Arctic, specifically her interactions with the Inuit people.
From their site: The World Policy Institute, cited by Foreign Policy magazine and the University of Pennsylvania as among the world’s leading think tanks, identifies critical emerging global issues in an interdependent world and gives voice to compelling new global perspectives and innovative policy solutions.
Bilodeau is an alumnus of Ohio University. She is in the middle of a very ambitious project, The Arctic Cycle, whose goal is to write eight plays set in eight different countries whose borders extend into the Arctic Circle.
For the Ohio University Master of Fine Arts playwriting students, there is no “Syllabus Week.” They don’t get out of class early after only having read the professor’s classroom policies. They don’t take a month to groom their first play.
They only have four days.
That’s the lead paragraph from the feature article on our “Madness” show that was published this week in Ohio University’s Independent Student Newspaper,The Post.
Click here for a two-minute news clip with an interview with Charles Smith, the Head of the MFA Playwriting program, and clips for rehearsals and tech.
The next madness is Friday, September 19th, and is being produced by 2nd year MFA playwright, Aaron Johnson.
Photo credits: Lauren Bacho, The Post
The opp-log has just been updated! New opps include the O’Neil, Babes with Blades and City Theater’s awesome 10 minute play contest in Florida! Check em out!!
Show is September 5th, 11pm, in the Hahne Black Box theater. Admission is free. We recommend you get there 45 to 60 minutes ahead of time to assure yourself a seat.
For more information about Madness the fall semester, check out our Madness page.
Mark Chrisler, Ohio MFA Alum, opened his play, THE ART OF PAINTING, in Chicago this past weekend with his theater company, Found Objects Theatre. It’s running with another one-act, Chris Bower’s Notes to Molly, and the evening is billed as “Painting Molly.”
The Chicago Reader gave THE ART OF PAINTING it’s “Recommended” stamp of approval. “Playing the instructor, Chrisler builds a sense of unreliability and mystery, and the twists that follow are a refreshing reminder of the vivid worlds a one-man show can create onstage.”
The play runs through August 31st; Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 7pm.