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62 minutes | May 17, 2021
The Subtext: David Henry Hwang, High and Low
This month Brian talks to the writer of 'M. Butterfly,' 'Yellow Face,' 'Chinglish,' and 'Soft Power' about Joe Papp, hate crimes, and the ironic uplift of surviving a flop.
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
The Subtext: Quiara Alegría Hudes and the Path of the Healer
This month Brian talks to the playwright of 'Water by the Spoonful' and 'In the Heights' about her new memoir, 'My Broken Language.'
91 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
The Subtext: Plays That Fill You Up
This month Brian surveys playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and critics about the works they just can't shake, and why.
64 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
The Subtext: The Many Forms of Jen Silverman
This month Brian talks with the playwright of 'The Moors' and 'Collective Rage' about how writing for TV inspired her write a novel about the theatre.
33 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
The Subtext: Pandemic Playwriting, Part 2
This month, a check-in with the playwrights who first called in last March to see how they've fared in the intervening 10 months.
98 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
The Subtext: Gwydion Suilebhan’s Homecoming
This month Brian talks to the playwright/poet/marketer who's the driving force behind the New Play Exchange.
75 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
The Subtext: Kate Hamill’s Sensibility
The actor/playwright behind a trove of popular literary adaptations talks about her inspiration, and about her non-Austen work.
72 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
The Subtext: David Adjmi’s Artist’s Heart
This month Brian talks to playwright and author David Adjmi about family pressure, falling behind, and filling a niche.
67 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
The Subtext: Making Space With Tanuja Jagernauth
This month Brian talks to the Chicago-based playwright, activist, and healer about the transition points in her life and career.
87 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
The Subtext: Writing Across Mediums
This month Brian hands the mic to Playwrights' Center's Jeremy Cohen and a panel of multi-platform writers.
49 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
The Subtext: Backstory and Foreshadowing
In this solo episode, Brian reflects on the podcast's origins, frets about the future, and finds hope in an elder's advice.
52 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Subtext: E.M. Lewis’s Audio Diary
The award-winning playwright records the joys and challenges of daily life on a farm in rural Oregon during the pandemic lockdown.
63 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
The Subtext: Excerpts From a Lost Spring
This month, an anthology of scenes and monologues from 15 plays whose premieres were cut short by COVID-19.
49 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
The Subtext: Coronavirus Edition
A special bonus episode features voicemails from playwrights all over the country about this extraordinary historical moment and how they're faring.
65 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
The Subtext: Will Arbery’s Guilt Traps
The playwright of 'Plano' and 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' talks about Dallas theatre, existential crisis, and the difference between love and empathy.
66 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
The Subtext: Korde Arrington Tuttle’s Sporting Chance
The playwright of 'graveyard shift' talks about football, spoken-word poetry, and finding a home in the theatre.
68 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
The Subtext: C.A. Johnson’s Trapped Women
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.
65 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
The Subtext: Clare Barron’s Secret Sauce
Brian James Polak talks to the playwright of 'Dance Nation' and 'You Got Older' about memory, pain, and first drafts.
65 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
The Subtext: From Prison to Performing With Lee Edward Colston II
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.
82 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
The Subtext: Adam Szymkowicz on Redefining Success
The playwright of 'Hearts Like Fists' has interviewed more than 1,000 playwrights on his website. Now it's his turn to be interviewed.
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