Feb 26 • 25M

Podcast of the Absurd - JohNna Adams -

Gamification for Writers, History of Regional Theatre, Exercises

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Conversations about theater today that seek to represent the absurdity of human existence in a meaningless universe by bizarre or fantastic means.
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Johnna Adams is a 2012 graduate of the Rita & Burton Goldburg MFA Program at Hunter College (led by Tine Howe), the 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her play Gidion’s Knot was published in the December 2012 issue of TCG’s American Theatre Magazine and received an ATCA/Steinberg Citation. She is a past Reva Shiner Award winner, winner of the OC Weekly’s Best Original Play award (twice), finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award, finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and a New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee. Her play Sans Merci was produced in New York by Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Boomerang Theatre produced her rhyming verse comedy, Lickspittles, Buttonholdders, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens. Johnna’s plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and Original Works Publishing (originalworksonline.com).

Johnna discusses a book she is working on about Gamification for Writers. What if you could approach your writing goals with the same enthusiasm you bring to all-night video game binges? Industries are harnessing the power of games and game theories to motivate workers and consumers to work harder and smarter. Everywhere you look tasks are being tuned into games to increase productivity. This book will give you the tools and tricks gamifications experts use to gamify your writing career. Turn the brainstorming, writing, revising, and marketing tasks associated with writing into challenging mini-games, side quests, power-ups, and personal hackathons. Exercises and mind-shift strategies are included that will bust through writers block, heal burn out, and keep you writing. Make yourself the hero in your own writers journey.

“PODCAST OF THE ABSURD” hosts discussions on all things as they relate to theatre. Critic Martin Esslin coined the term THEATRE OF THE ABSURD which began in Paris and spread to New York in the 1950s. It followed on from Dadaism and Surrealism in the 1920s and ’30s and was not driven by realism, plot, character development, or traditional notions of theatre. Instead, absurdist theatre focuses on the state of mind of its characters as they’re trapped in illogical and incomprehensible situations. It came after World War II when artists began to rebel against traditional notions of theatre and created what playwright Eugène Ionesco called “anti-theatre” in response to a world that seemed devoid of reason and purpose. Samuel Beckett, Arthur Adamov, Eugène Ionesco, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter are defining dramatists of the genre. But, the best examples of work would have to begin with Alfred Jarry’s UBU ROI written in 1896 which paved the way for modernist theatre. Stay tuned...