‘Zombie Town’ is an irreverent hit

It’s that time of year! My play “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” is playing in three cities this year, and here’s how it’s going in Kentucky:

Set in small-town Texas, Tim Bauer’s inexhaustibly irreverent “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” views like the unholy child of “Monty Python” and “The Last of Us,” whose creepy uncle is the original “Evil Dead.” Basically, it’s fiendishly awful and brilliantly good.

PlayGround Announces 20th Season and Writers

At PlayGround’s 20th Season Kick-Off this past Monday, PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann introduced the 2013-14 PlayGround Writers, including the 20 Resident Playwrights. Some of the names may look familiar:

PlayGround Resident Playwrights, representing some of PlayGround’s most distinguished alumni and a Who’s-Who of Bay Area writers, include Trevor Allen, Crish Barth, Tim Bauer, Cass Brayton, Erin Bregman, Garret Groenveld, Daniel Heath, Brady Lea, Aaron Loeb, Jonathan Luskin, Katie May, Evelyn Pine, Kenn Rabin, Mandy Hodge Rizvi, Robin Lynn Rodriguez, Diane Sampson, Ken Slattery, Martha Soukup, Tom Swift, and Ignacio Zulueta.

We’re Having Another Literary Event

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As you know, I’m a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony, “a collection of untrustworthy characters who gather regularly to engage in the disreputable act of writing.” We regularly stage performances of poetry, fiction, plays, screenplays, music and uncivil behavior — and July 7 is our next show, with some awesome guests:

  • Elizabeth Bernstein is the founding editor of the literary magazine The Big Ugly Review and teaches short story workshops at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.
  • Seth Fischer’s writing is in Best Sex Writing 2013, PANK, The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, Guernica, and elsewhere, and he has a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013.
  • Maw Shein Win was co-founder of Comet and is currently a co-publisher for Stretcher, plus she’s a freelancer at the SF Writers’ Grotto.
  • Heather Yager, of Ladies in Blouses, will provide the tunes.

Sunday, July 7
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd St., SF
Show at 5:00 pm
Sliding scale $5-10

→ Good Criticism Encourages More | Writers on Writing : Medium

Good Criticism Encourages More

My friend (colleague? fellow PlayGround writer? other local tall playwright dude?) Aaron Loeb outlines a fantastic approach to criticism in his article on Medium, based on the idea of assuming the writer you are a critiquing is a “master.”

He calls is the “assumed master” approach. So instead of pointing out things that just don’t work because you are so much better than the writer, instead you assume she’s an expert in her craft and that there’s something you need to talk out so you can understand. The idea being that when you explain what worked, the master will learn what’s going in her work and be encouraged to do more of that. And when you explain where you couldn’t figure out why the master did something, “well, she may find that helpful too”:

It is vital that anyone creative disabuse themselves of the notion that their “I just didn’t get it,” or “Nope. Didn’t work for me,” are so much richer and more meaningful than anyone else’s utterances of the same shitty things. When someone opens themselves for critique, you have an opportunity to elevate them and yourself, to open a door to incredible possibilities that weren’t there just moments earlier. What could possibly be better than that?

A great approach, and one that’s getting a lot of love on Medium. Check it out.

→ Business Model: The Next Frontier | The Clyde Fitch Report

Business Model: The Next Frontier

Scott Walters (The Prof) on The Clyde Fitch Report:

I did a search on “innovation” and “theatre.” Here is what I found….Three theatre history books and a 1972 design book. And therein lies the problem….Business is obsessed with innovation, with change, with finding the Next Big Thing. Most of the books I listed above are about encouraging creative disruption in your organization, trying new business models to sell your products. Theatre? Not so much.