Keeping Play in Drama

School will be out soon and educational institutions, arts groups, and parks and recreation departments are busy organizing camps and activities to keep the young ones safely and positively occupied during summer break. Whether you are an arts expert or a theatre neophyte, drama with kids may seem daunting. But the truth is, there are … Read more

When the Lights Come Up

Today is one of those days. I’ve spent half the day procrastinating and the other half emailing and now the third half (yes, I realize what I said) will be spent hopefully doing something useful. Today started just fine. I was hyped about getting lots done: getting info to the newspaper about the new play … Read more

The Good, The Bad & The Funny

Heading into the new year looking back on all the good things that have happened at Heartland Plays in 2014.  We still consider ourselves a young publishing company having launched our interactive website in November of 2010.  But thanks to your interest in our plays, we now show up on the first page of a … Read more

Write Your Own Play

As one playwright to another, it isn’t much fun when anyone, let alone a stranger reading your script, tells you “what” you should have written, “how” you should have written it and “why” you should change it.  And yet, I’ve been fortunate to have work accepted for critique at professional workshops which proved to be … Read more

Bring On the New!

I was just checking the “view” log on some of the plays in the Heartland Plays online catalog. At least 50 of the new plays in the catalog have had over 1000 hits. Okay, so that doesn’t mean they have been read in their entirety 1000 times, but it definitely means a whole bunch of … Read more

A Sad Loss: Playwright Jim Curran

Today I received an email informing us that playwright Jim Curran passed away Friday evening, July 18.  I share this news with sadness even though I knew Jim only through our many correspondences when we published two of his works, “They’re Irish, They’re Catholic, They’re Guilty!” and “The Burning of the Old House.”  James Joseph … Read more

REJECTION

When you work in the arts you know that rejection is part of the game. How many submissions have you had rejected? How many times has a publisher told you it can’t seem to find that play you sent 6 months before? But when you post a blog you have to believe that cyberspace has … Read more

My Old Kentucky Home

On a quick trip to Danville, editing a script to get ready for our catalog. It’s nice while I am here that I am working on a play written by Jim Inman who has his origins in the Blue Grass. Jim now lives in California enjoying the glorious weather. Jim is an outstanding writer whose … Read more

WHAT’S UP? You.

What’s up? I’ll get to the “You” part in a minute. Right now I want to remind you what’s up in Carmel, Indiana in June. From June 17-23, the AACT holds its National Festival at the Carmel Performing Arts Center just outside Indianapolis. I’d really like to be there. Haven’t made an AACT festival since … Read more

TRAGEDY

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and all those injured both physically and emotionally in the Boston Marathon bombings. It is indeed a tragedy and one in which we all share a common bond of sorrow. We are proud of the people of Boston, the law enforcement officials, the first responders … Read more