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No Audience Member Left Behind: Howard Gardner, Shakespeare, and Writing for Everybody

Yesterday, I heard a script for the first time, at the table reading with the cast of this commission I'm working on for young audiences. For a playwright, the first table reading is half Christmas morning and half job interview, full of explosive joy and barbarous self-judgement. It's got me thinking about Shakespeare, Sudoku, and "multiple intelligences." Continue reading

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Word Choice in Dialogue: Whether the Weather

Someone walks up to you and says "I like this kind of weather." Or, someone walks up to you and says "This is the kind of weather I like." Then, the person walks away. Continue reading

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What Writing Really Looks Like

Writing doesn't always look like writing. When you hear the word "writing," what do you think of? A pen moving across paper, or maybe a clicking keyboard and a glowing screen? Do you think writing is the application of language to a page? If that's what you think of, you're half right... but you're also really wrong. Writing is not the production of words. Continue reading

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