Publication: "Stages of Resistance" Anthology of Essays

In March of 2017 I contributed to an online salon hosted by The Lark and curated by playwright Caridad Svich. The series of essays, written by many fantastic playwrights I admire, focused on the creation of live performance in political and aesthetic resistance. My piece, personal in nature (focusing on how my selfish tendencies as a writer need to evolve), has now been published in an anthology along with many of the other pieces written for the project. The title of the collection is “Stages of Resistance: Theatre and Politics in the Capitalocene.”

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You can purchase a copy of this book here at this link.

Interview on Welcome to Keene, NH and The Subtext Podcast

Playwright, theater advocate, and journalist Kenneth Jones recently interviewed me about my coming to be a playwright, the play Welcome to Keene, NH, and The Subtext podcast that I produce and host for American Theatre Magazine.

If you care about playwriting, you probably listen — or you should be listening — to the valuable podcast called “The Subtext,” hosted by Chicago-based playwright Brian James Polak, who asks dramatists and other theatermakers smart questions about their backgrounds, processes, goals and strategies. In 2020, Polak’s new play Welcome to Keene, New Hampshire, a 21st-century riff in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, is getting shared world-premiere stagings in South Carolina and Chicago. It seemed like a good time to get to know Polak’s background, process, goals and strategies.
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Click here to read the interview in its entirety.

Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Announces "Welcome to Keene, NH"

WELCOME TO KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE | April 16 - May 30, 2020

BY BRIAN JAMES POLAK

DIRECTED BY LEDA HOFFMANN

Co-World Premiere with PURE Theater (Charleston, SC)

BUY TICKETS THURS, FRI, SAT AT 7:30PM · SUN AT 4PM

TICKETS $35 | SENIORS $26

Keene, New Hampshire shares a view of Mount Monadnock with Thornton Wilder’s fictional Our Town. Modern day Keene shares many of America’s challenges – guns, opioids, divergent political views. Brian James Polak’s play explores the way we are today: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.

Read Strawdog Theatre’s Season 32 Announcement in the Chicago Tribune.

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