How I Did It

How I Did It

Establishing a Playwriting Career

edited by Lawrence Harbison

How do playwrights get their start? Where does the idea of being a playwright even come from, and then how does one start?

These are among the questions asked and answered in How I Did It: Establishing a Playwriting Career (March 2015, Applause Books, $24.99). Lawrence Harbison has 30 interviewed successful playwrights who have developed relationships with theaters that regularly produce their plays, have had at least one major New York production, have their plays published by a licensor such as Dramatists Play Service or Samuel French, have received commissions, and have an agent.

Harbison asks each of them the same question: “How did you do it?”

How I Did It features an introduction by Theresa Rebeck and interviews with:

David Auburn                                 Daniel Goldfarb                         Itamar Moses Stephen Belber                               Kirsten Greenidge                     Bruce Norris Adam Bock                                     Rinne Groff                              Lynn Nottage Bekah Brunstetter                           Lauren Gunderson                      Aaron Posner Sheila Callaghan                             Michael Hollinger                       Adam Rapp John Carlani                                   Rajiv Joseph                              J.T. Rogers Eric Coble                                       Greg Kotis                                Lloyd Suh Jessica Dickey                                 Neil LaBute                                Carl Thomas Kate Fodor                                      Deborah Zoe Laufer                  Sharr White Gina Gionfriddo                               Wendy MacLeod                        Anna Ziegler

A valuable tool for playwrights daunted by the extremely difficult task of getting their work produced, as well as to playwriting students, How I Did It is full of stories of how it’s done.

Paperback Original
6″ x 9″
256 pages
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE EDITOR:                                                                            
Lawrence Harbison was is charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., for more than 30 years. He edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best 10-minute plays, and monologues for men and for women. His column “On the Aisle with Larry” is a regular feature at Harbison was a member of the Drama Desk Nominating Committee for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons and is a member of the Outer Critics Circle as well as the Drama Desk. He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays at his website, He is the editor of Best Contemporary Monologues for Women and Best Contemporary Monologues for Men, both published by Applause Books. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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