Hillary DePiano

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The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Storm now available from YouthPLAYS (and 25% off!)

The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Storm now available from YouthPLAYS (and 25% off!)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2021 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Playwriting, Published | 0 comments

Long time no chat! I’m still on my hiatus from social media but I want to pop in with some exciting news! My first play specifically for elementary school aged performers and up, The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Storm, is now available exclusively through YouthPLAYS. Though suitable for performers as young as Kindergarten, it can be performed...

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Goosed! Virtual Talkback

Goosed! Virtual Talkback

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Evergreen, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Playwriting | 0 comments

Whenever I adapt something, people always ask me what it was that I loved about the original that made me adapt it and, 9 times out of 10, I don’t adapt something because I love it but rather because I absolutely hate it and want to fix it. But this was not the case with Goosed!. Photo by Scot Wittman, Rutgers Preparatory School. When I first read...

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Decade in Review or why lists are your best friend

Decade in Review or why lists are your best friend

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in My Writing, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally..., Playwriting, The Whine Seller & e-commerce, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

In a few days, we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve 2019 which marks not just the end of the year but also the decade. Social media has been abuzz for weeks with the twin takes of “Make a list of what you accomplished in the last 10 years!” and “Listing your accomplishments is Bad, Actually, and will make you feel terrible so...

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The Love of Three Oranges changes lives (ok, fine, maybe just one life)

The Love of Three Oranges changes lives (ok, fine, maybe just one life)

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Playwriting, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

Did you see this awesome profile of J’Kalein Madison, a young actor making a splash in the local theatre scene in Waterloo, Iowa? What’s particularly cool is that Madison is a graduate of Waterloo West High School and had this to say about his theatre experience there: Madison originally planned to study law. That changed in his junior year when he...

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From the mailbag: When does your play need an editor & when should you copyright?

From the mailbag: When does your play need an editor & when should you copyright?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

Hi Hillary, I’m an author and I’ve worked with editors/publishers with my book. I understand that process but as a new playwright, I’m not sure how to go about getting my 3 plays critiqued, edited and proofread. I’m an indie author and self publish but I’m not sure about self-publishing my 3 plays. I’ve researched...

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Break into YA writing by starting with the stage before the page

Break into YA writing by starting with the stage before the page

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

If you’re a YA writer having trouble breaking in, you might be better off getting started with writing YA plays first. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for ages but then this question came in from the mailbag which gave me the perfect opportunity to discuss it. I came across your website because I am just getting into playwriting,...

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