The Next Right Thing (FAQs Edition)

Surprise blog post! You’ll want to read this one. (Unless you don’t live in Arkansas. If you don’t live in Arkansas, skip this one.) Q: Hey, Rach. I heard a rumor A: Well, first off. Only like five people can call me “Rach” so check yourself. Q: Um, okay. But about that rumor though. A:…

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I Work Too Much

During an important theatre talk/interview for a new opportunity, I was asked what I did for fun, to relieve stress. And I fumbled. It was the first and only time in the conversation that I did. The fumble was not graceful. They asked twice what my hobbies were and my answer was that I really…

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Take It Easy

Around this time last year, I was panicking about not having enough playwriting opportunities in 2019 and wondering if my playwriting career stalled where it was, if that would be okay. If that would be enough. If you were my friend a year ago and you’re still my friend now, thank you for your patience…

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31 Plays!

Happy Halloween!!!!!! Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. And instead of tricks…….. ……..I decided to give you a treat. Here are 31 plays to read before the year is up. Many of them are on NPX. Flex by Candrice Jones Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner by Darcy Parker Bruce We…

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you and me are golden

I’ve been asked twice now how I “deal” with the competition of other playwrights. And both times, I’ve pushed back that I believe in community not competition. I am so uninterested in pitting myself against other artists. When I’m feeling arrogant, I like to say “no one else is in my lane. I’m competing against…

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I don’t know

I wrote a very long and scathing blog post called “hot play bummer” which was a play on hot girl bummer, a song that I hate that I love. And the whole post was about how exhausting it is to be a playwright of color working with theatre companies where the staff is 90% white….

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Where the party at?

What a time to be alive. Playwrights of color, women-identifying playwrights of color, are spotlighted. Diverse stories are finally being told and theatre is finally acknowledging its bias and taking steps to correct that. Time to pop the champagne right? WE DID IT. Except. Yes, those diverse stories are being told but they’re, for the…

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Extraordinary?

A lot of playwriting opportunities are asking for applicants with extraordinary promise, exceptional creative promise, extraordinary potential. Am I extraordinary? Well. I spent the entire time I was driving into Kansas City thinking about this. I think I’m pretty extraordinary. I grew up in a not great part of LA (half the time) and didn’t…

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Own It Part 2

Here’s part two of OWN IT where amazing playwrights I love talk about being amazing playwrights. Find part one here. Gina Femia 1. When’s the first time you were like “I’m a playwright”? What was that moment like? Was it a reading? Was it when you wrote your first play? Or has that moment not…

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Own It Part 1

I haven’t felt like a real playwright in a while. And I thought about writing a whole blog post about how much that was messing me up and making me feel absolutely terrible but then I thought… What do we all need during Virgo season? A pep talk before we get back to work. So…

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