Tag: Artigue

Pawlikowski – Ida



And at some point in life, usually when it’s too late, you start inquiring. First you think, “Who cares about roots? It’s not a big deal. I can transcend roots and culture.” But then, at a later point in life you think, “God, what else is there?


In fact, we cut out the most spectacular shots. Whenever a shot looked self-consciously beautiful or contrived, it didn’t survive the cut.


As far as I’m concerned, all you really need is a story, with two or three interesting characters, interestingly entangled in an interesting space. You also need some transcendent idea, emotion or urge to carry you through the whole process. The reason why you are doing it in the first place. Of course, in saying “all you need” are these things I’m being disingenuous. “These things” – the heart of your film – are actually the most difficult stuff to come up with. Much more difficult than churning out 90 pages of script.

Be that as it may, the sad truth is that you can’t get financing on 25 pages.

National New Play Network – Showcase of New Plays

My play THE MOST DANGEROUS HIGHWAY IN THE WORLD, set along a treacherous highway in Afghanistan, is one of six scripts selected for the NNPN’s annual National Showcase of New Plays. The NNPN holds a unique and necessary place in the universe of new play development in this country. I’m honored to be a part.

About the Showcase:  The National Showcase of New Plays is a traveling new-play festival that presents the country’s best unproduced plays in staged reading format to an intimate gathering of theater professionals. With artistic leadership from most of our 29 Core Member and 45 Associate Member Theaters in attendance, the Showcase creates a unique, invaluable opportunity for production-ready scripts to be heard by the people most willing to produce them. In addition to artistic and managing directors, we invite a group of 100 playwrights, literary managers, playwright agents, and other colleagues from around the country to network with us on behalf of the plays and playwrights we present. All scripts are read blind. The vast majority of the scripts read at the Showcase go on to professional productions within and outside the Network.