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November 4, 2016

A Fascination with Life After Death: 75 Years of Blithe Spirit

Samuel French’s Corporate Communications Associate, Alejandra Venancio, unveils the ghosts of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit.
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October 27, 2016

Top Ten Spooky Titles For Halloween

Grab your ghouls and ghosts, and gear up for a night of horror! These ten goosebumps inducing shows are sure to keep you occupied in between trick-or-treaters.
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October 21, 2016

I Got Something: How The New Black Fest Builds on the Moment of Now

Writer and Hip Hop Theatre Artist, Nsangou Njikam, congratulates honoree Keith Josef Adkins of The New Black Fest as part of the Samuel French Awards 2016 Series.
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October 20, 2016

Kooman & Dimond: A Writing Duo Unlike Any Other

In this beautiful piece, director John Simpkins describes his experience of working with Kooman & Dimond – and how it was unlike any other writer/director relationship he’s had.
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October 19, 2016

Leaving Us in the Light: The Power of Sarah Ruhl

What makes us clamor for Sarah Ruhl’s plays? In this touching essay, Profile Theatre explores why.
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October 19, 2016

A Sarah Rules Roundtable

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s reach is far, from high school to community to professional theaters. Read more in this piece from our 2016 Samuel French Awards series.
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October 19, 2016

An Ode to Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE

How does the power of EURYDICE affect a high school? Read more in our 2016 Samuel French Awards series.
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October 15, 2016

Playwright Rosary O’Neill Soars in Paris

Rosary has many projects slated for the future and she intends for her work to promote international cooperation and world peace. See how her trip to Paris amazed and influenced her all the more
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October 14, 2016

Theatrical Licensing By Day, Playwrighting By Night: A Discussion with David Kimple

The balance of a day job and night job in the theatre has long been a challenge for many. Here, our Literary Supervisor sits down to chat with Samuel French’s Licensing Manager to discuss just how he keeps it all up.
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October 11, 2016

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, or How a Play About Lesbians in a Nuclear Bomb Shelter is for Everyone

Literary Associate Garrett Anderson explains why you, too, will love Linder & Hobgood’s hysterical play set in a bomb shelter.
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October 11, 2016

Who’s The Fairest at the Prom: How Mirror, Mirror Casts Snow White in a 21st Century Light

Contributor Eliza Skidgel gives her take on Treem’s Mirror, Mirror.
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October 11, 2016

A Nightmare Odyssey: Spotlight on BENT

This show tells the truth about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany. It centers around two soldiers, Max, and his lover, Rudy. 
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October 5, 2016

For THE CLEAN HOUSE on Her 10th Birthday

In the spirit of Sarah Ruhl’s affinity for love letters, Derick Edgren has written a love letter of his own in praise of The Clean House.
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September 23, 2016

Visited by a Phantom

In her beautifully lyrical prose, playwright Adrienne Kennedy describes her experience with the great Edward Albee.
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September 23, 2016

Bringing Monsters to Life in Toledo

Stephen Dolginoff’s brilliantly crafted, campy, new musical, Monster Makers, seemed an apropos fit for the Valentine Theatre’s Studio A series season opener. Learn more here.
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September 22, 2016

Advice to Emerging Playwrights: Keep It Cheap (or How a Virtually Unknown Playwright Landed a World Premiere at a Major Regional Theatre)

How does a writer crack into the industry? Audrey Cefaly offers some wise (and hilarious) advice.
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September 22, 2016

Write Your One-Act Play: The Short Form as Thriving Medium

Why should playwrights care about one-acts? How do you break into the playwrighting world? Audrey Cefaly has had these same questions, and in this piece, she answers them.
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September 21, 2016

A Dream Of Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Love director, Declan Donnellan, in conversation with David Prosser, Literary and Editorial Director at the Stratford Festival
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September 20, 2016

Thespian Playworks: Playwright Interview with Phanesia Pharel

Every year, Samuel French is proud to sponsor the Thespian Playworks program with the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) in support high school playwrights. Read here to learn more about this year’s winners!
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September 14, 2016

On His 100th birthday, The Magic That Was Roald Dahl

The much loved children’s author, Roald Dahl, would have been 100 on September 13. This month, we celebrate his contribution to theatre.
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Featured image for “The Classical Fungus of LES BLANCS: In conversation with Drew Lichtenberg, Dramaturg on National Theatre’s production of LES BLANCS”
September 9, 2016

The Classical Fungus of LES BLANCS: In conversation with Drew Lichtenberg, Dramaturg on National Theatre’s production of LES BLANCS

Lorraine Hansberry considered LES BLANCS to be her most important work; but do you know why? Learn more here.
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September 9, 2016

Make Sure You’ve Got The Right Coffin: Producing FINNEGAN’S FAREWELL In A Funeral Home

A dinner and a show…in a funeral home? Beaverton Civic Theatre shows you how it’s done.
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September 1, 2016

Beckett at 110 in Oregon: Celebrating A Famed Poet Through Theatre

Famed poet Samuel Beckett would have been 110 this year and OSF – now 81 – is dutifully celebrating the once maverick playwright with an experimental staging of a play that was inspired by his remarkable life. Learn more here.
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September 1, 2016

From Stage to Screen: A Feature on Writer Sarah Treem

How do writers transition from stage to screen? How about maintaining both careers? Learn more in our latest series.
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September 1, 2016

From Stage to Screen: A Feature on Writer Bekah Brunstetter

How do writers transition from stage to screen? How about maintaining both careers? Learn more in our latest series.
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September 1, 2016

From Stage to Screen: A Feature on Writer Michael Golamco

How do writers transition from stage to screen? How about maintaining both careers? Learn more in our latest series.
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August 24, 2016

The Last Smoker In America: The Journey to the Stage

Playwright and Lyricist Bill Russell (Side Show, Pageant, Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens) tells the story of the development of his newest musical comedy, The Last Smoker in America.
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August 22, 2016

Elections and Politics: 10 Plays Fit for this Season

We’ve picked 10 titles that center around the political mayhem of American civilization, from overzealous politicians to scandal and controversy. And watch out, because some of these titles may hit a little too close to home.
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August 19, 2016

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Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM is “a multimedia musical” inspired by photographer Matthew Murphy’s images. Don’t miss this beautiful read!
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August 18, 2016

From Maureen Lipman to Meryl Streep: The Story of the Worst Singer in the World

Peter Quilter discusses his comedy Glorious!, which explores the hilarious and remarkable story of the world’s worst opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.
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August 11, 2016

The Shift of Cultural Conversation: Father Comes Home From The Wars

Contributor Ben Coleman gives his take on Suzan Lori-Parks’ Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3.
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August 5, 2016

The Magical Age of Cinema: The Story of Mike Leigh

In 2015, Mike Leigh was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award and the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Learn more about his life and work here.
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