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The Playwright's Survival Guide
is written for both aspiring and established writers looking for an emotional, spiritual, or just plain practical connection back to what's important - the writing. It's a "how-to-be
" book - with thoughts, stories of inspiration, a few tricks of the trade, a few outlets for venting frustrations, and a reassuring voice that speaks to all the doubts with an "I know. I've been there. This is what you do . . ." Gary Garrison demystifies the playwriting process, speaking honestly, poignantly, and with humor about the lessons he's learned along the way. He explores the issues playwrights face every day, including:
- relationships with teachers and mentors
- the art of self-promotion
- writer's block
- staying healthy in the art after your fingers are off the keyboard.
The Playwright's Survival Guide is written for both aspiring and established writers looking for an emotional, spiritual, or just plain practical connection back to what's important - the writing.
About the Author
Gary Garrison is a published and produced playwright fearlessly slugging it out in New York City. His plays include Old Soles, Oh Messiah Me, Cherry Reds, An Angel in the Early Bird Special, The Big Fat Naked Truth, and When a Diva Dreams. He is Artistic Director and Division Head of Playwriting for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, National Chair of Playwriting for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, and the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.
Table of Contents
FOR YOUR HEART
You're the Play
Skippy, Jake, and the Spitfire Within
Thump It Before You Buy It
Sing Out, Louise!
FOR YOUR SOUL
Spandex, My Bicep, and Writer's Block
The Ties That Bind Us: Mother, Mentor, Father, Teacher
I've Been to the Dark Side (And Now I Want the Light)
Tina Turner, Lanford Wilson, and Me
Flush It (An Internal Monologue)
FOR YOUR HEAD
Who Are All These People and What Are They Doing to My Play?
Who Needs an Agent!?
New York Hits Back
Instruction or Destruction?
Submitting Your Plays: The Most Necessary Evil
What You Need Is a Good F**k
T-Minus-Ten and Counting
Do We Have to Say This?
JUST...FOR GOOD MEASURE
Just Read It, Will You?
Just Show Me How to Do It
Just Give Me the Facts
Just...Think on It
Just...Passing It On
FOR YO' MAMA
An Open Letter to Those Who Love and Support Us