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.
6″ x 9″
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 smithandkrauss.com. 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, http://www.playfixer.com. 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.