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Clockwise from top left: Jeremy Cohen, Mfoniso Udofia, Sarah Gubbins, Jen Silverman.

The Subtext: Writing Across Mediums

This month Brian hands the mic to Playwrights’ Center’s Jeremy Cohen and a panel of multi-platform writers.

On this month’s episode, Brian James Polak hands the mic over to Jeremy Cohen, producing artistic director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.

The center has been busy this spring and summer, hosting several online discussions with playwrights on a multitude of topics. In this particular conversation, titled “Writing Across Mediums” the focus is on how writers move from one medium to another, especially when finding inspiration proves challenging. Jeremy Cohen moderates with panelists Sarah Gubbins (The Kid ThingIn Loco Parentis, Amazon’s I Heart Dick, the film Shirley), Jen Silverman (Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, The Moors, the novel The Island Dwellers), and Mfoniso Udofia (Sojourners, runboyrun, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Apple TV’s little america). They discuss their experience moving among playwriting, screenwriting, television writing, and novels.

A livestream of this conversation was produced for HowlRound Theatre Commons and can be found at

The episode can be downloaded here.

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