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The Subtext: Backstory and Foreshadowing

In this solo episode, Brian reflects on the podcast’s origins, frets about the future, and finds hope in an elder’s advice.

Brian James Polak usually talks to playwrights for this podcast, but as the pandemic lockdown stretches on, he’s doing things a bit differently, as you can see in previous episodes.

In this month’s episode Brian gives an update on the status of the Subtext podcast and shares plans for future episodes. As he addresses the podcast’s challenges and goals, Brian explains the origins of the Subtext and how it has related to his own journey as a playwright, discussing his trajectory from graduate school into the theatre world, and how a meeting with an agent caused him to think the theatre just might not be that into him.

In detailing the losses of his first two important productions, he unwittingly talks himself into an existential crisis around the continuation of both his writing career and the podcast in a post-COVID world. But the words of Paula Vogel pull him back from the ledge, allowing him to refocus his goals and find comfort with his place in the community.

The episode can be downloaded here.

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