The first reminder was “How I Did It: Establishing a Playwriting Career,” a recent book by Lawrence Harbison, who spent 30 years acquiring new titles for the play publisher Samuel French.
The focus is more on the creative end of the business with “Playing on Air,” a terrific new podcast in which the performance of a short 15-20 minute play is followed by an interview with the playwright. That by itself would be a treat but it’s the folks participating in this project that make it such a treasure. For the playwrights include such major names as Christopher Durang, David Lindsay-Abaire and Lynn Nottage. And the actors are marquee names like Bobby Cannavale, Jessica Hecht and Audra McDonald.
What comes through in all of these books, podcasts and interviews is the playwrights' love for what they do. I’m grateful to that passion. As anyone who knows anything about the theater will tell you, it all begins on the page and so I hope you will join me in thanking and celebrating those men and women who first create the magic.