Episode 156 – Pulitzer Prize-Winner, David Lindsay-Abaire
David Lindsay-Abaire wrote about a half-dozen plays before he ever considered himself a playwright.
Now, he’s got a big ol’ Pulitzer Prize to remind him of what he is and always will be, in case he ever forgets.
David told me the story of how he went from a guy in high school whose friends made him write a play, to a playwrighting student at Julliard, to the author of that Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole, Shrek, and more on this week’s podcast, and it’s a page-turner.
We also chatted about:
- How his first play was a rip-off . . . and why.
- What he looks for when he reads plays from prospective Julliard students, and how he usually knows in 3 minutes whether a writer has got “it” or not.
- Why early readers of his work didn’t respond to Rabbit Hole and why.
- How he uses “office hours” to meet his many deadlines.
- His writing group that has existed for over a decade, and how it has helped him succeed.
It won’t take you very long into this podcast to realize why The Julliard School, which graduated him a few years ago, asked him to run the program. David isn’t only a skilled writer . . . he is one of the few artists out there who can teach the craft, as well as the business of the craft . . . and he does a lot of that on this very podcast.
So tune in!Click here for the link to my podcast with David!
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.