Jimmy, I hope you like this post more than I liked your writing prompt

I wanted to write a blog post tonight, but I didn't have anything I wanted to write about. Luckily tonight is Blogapalooz-Hour. At 9 PM our dogged ChicagoNow Community Manager Jimmy gave us all a writing prompt, and we bloggers were challenged to write a post and publish it exactly one hour later at 10 PM. Perfect. The kids are already … Continue reading Jimmy, I hope you like this post more than I liked your writing prompt

40 creepy starting sentences for stories about librarians

'Tis the season to write spooky stories, and it seems like someone was looking for some specific assistance that my blog could not provide. I noticed that a search term that brought someone to my blog was "creepy starting sentences to start a story about a librarian." Well, sadly that person had to go away … Continue reading 40 creepy starting sentences for stories about librarians

Women’s Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test

The Women's Theatre Alliance New Play Development Workshop Showcase is Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 PM at City Lit Theatre (1020 W Bryn Mawr Avenue) in Chicago. The showcase features seven new plays with a focus on female characters. Some are short plays that will be performed in their entirety; others are full-length plays from … Continue reading Women’s Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards Sonnet and the power of poetry

At the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda continued to be a treasure. When the creator of Hamilton won his Tony for best score, Miranda read a sonnet instead of giving a traditional acceptance speech. The beautiful poem was dedicated to his wife Vanessa and also touched on the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando … Continue reading Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards Sonnet and the power of poetry

My new play isn’t weird and that’s weird

I have been in denial for more than a month, but now it's time to admit it: My new play isn't weird. This might not be a shocking realization for many playwrights, but as those familiar with my work know, what I write tends to be weird or at least quirky. A prominent reviewer one … Continue reading My new play isn’t weird and that’s weird