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Sean McDonough Discusses Gathering Doom

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University of Baltimore student Sean McDonough discusses his new play Gathering Doom that he developed as part of the Armagh Project Residency 2012 in Northern Ireland. Sean was inspired by ancient Irish myth… Continue reading

Victoria Williams Discusses Sisters

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Playwright faculty Kimberley Lynne interviews University of Baltimore student Victoria Williams about her new play Sisters that she developed during the Armagh Project residency. Interview filmed at the Armagh Youth Hostel

Sketching Character

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At some point during my writing workshops, I ask my students to sketch either their characters or a scene from their play or screenplay in order to put their creative writing energy into… Continue reading

I Edit

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I’m a revisionist. I write and edit and read and edit and think and edit and listen to music and actors and walk and collage and sketch and stare at paintings and watch… Continue reading

Staunch Lady Betty

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From the Marian Broderick’s fabulous book Wild Irish Women:   Betty was born in 1750 to a tenant farmer in County Kerry. Her husband Sugrue died. On her walk to Roscommon, looking for… Continue reading

The Kernel

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Friday last Hanna Slattne, Tinderbox Theatre’s literary manager, workshopped with us in the beautiful MAC art centre in Belfast. As a dramaturge, Hanna likes to dig for the kernel of a play, and… Continue reading

Free Speech

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On this day of Independence, I try to savor my favorite freedoms: Americans travel between the states sans papers and we can congregate to our heart’s content (except on USAirways flights). Of late… Continue reading

Dancing in the Streets

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I hope that more people dance in the streets. Dance, friends, every day! It feels great.

Irish Air – Day One

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The air smells of wild mustard, burning peat and something sweeter, maybe honey, maybe memory. Its touch on my skin is soft, as soft as the damp grass and the round vowels. The… Continue reading

Irish Dramatist Brian Friel Interviewed

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In this 2009 interview with Friel, he discusses his views on the difference between theatrical and literary language. http://www.scotsman.com/news/interview-brian-friel-keeper-of-the-faith-1-1355184