Summary: From AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, a podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life's muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and - ultimately - what makes writers tick. (This feed is for the Subtext from 2018 onwards. For old episodes of the Subtext from 2015 to 2017, visit https://thisstage.la/category/the-subtext)
This month Brian talks to the Chicago-based playwright, activist, and healer about the transition points in her life and career.
This month Brian hands the mic to Playwrights' Center's Jeremy Cohen and a panel of multi-platform writers.
In this solo episode, Brian reflects on the podcast's origins, frets about the future, and finds hope in an elder's advice.
The award-winning playwright records the joys and challenges of daily life on a farm in rural Oregon during the pandemic lockdown.
This month, an anthology of scenes and monologues from 15 plays whose premieres were cut short by COVID-19.
A special bonus episode features voicemails from playwrights all over the country about this extraordinary historical moment and how they're faring.
The playwright of 'Plano' and 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' talks about Dallas theatre, existential crisis, and the difference between love and empathy.
The playwright of 'graveyard shift' talks about football, spoken-word poetry, and finding a home in the theatre.
The writer of 'Thirst' and 'All the Natalie Portmans' talks about her Louisiana upbringing, starting out in fan fiction, and why she writes about cornered women.
Brian James Polak talks to the playwright of 'Dance Nation' and 'You Got Older' about memory, pain, and first drafts.
The former prison guard-turned-actor discusses how he found his writing voice, and how your biggest advocates can come from the most unexpected places.
The playwright of 'Hearts Like Fists' has interviewed more than 1,000 playwrights on his website. Now it's his turn to be interviewed.
The NYC-based playwright talks about the time she juggled 5 day jobs, and how 'Law & Order' helped her quit them.
The author of 'Open' and 'Mary and Max' talks about how comic books influence her plays (and her marriage).
The playwright talks about being forbidden from performing growing up and learning how to be his authentic self.