Award Winning Writer Creates Plays For Podcasting: "Handwritten Theatre" Makes Every iPod a Personal Theatre

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Emmy winner Joseph Dougherty ("thirtysomething," "Once and Again," "Saved") has produced a new cycle of original plays for his popular podcast/blogsite, "Handwritten Theatre." The brief dramatic pieces are a rare peek inside a writer's notebook.

Joseph Dougherty has written for the movies, Broadway and television, and his first book, "Comfort and Joi," is becoming an underground hit, but when he discovered the world of podcasting, the chance to create new drama for an audience of one listener at a time was irresistible.

"I created 'Handwritten Theatre' because the idea of having access to the listener with no interference from a network or a studio, where I could experiment with language and situations, was something I had to explore," Dougherty explains. "I was charged by the concept of producing brief dramatic pieces people could download and carry around with them, turning every iPod into a personal theatre."

Dougherty, described by filmmaker Christopher Guest ("Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show") as "a fantastically gifted writer," launched the series in January 2006 and recently went back into the studio to create new dramas for the podcast.

The Public Radio Exchange calls the plays of Handwritten Theatre, "Spare and elegant snapshots...both dramatic and poignant."

"Listeners will be able to get inside my notebooks," the writer/director promises. "That's where I try out techniques and characters. Then I take these experiments into the studio and work with a group of actors. The goal is to go from handwritten page to polished recording with a minimum of second-guessing."

The results of this unique approach are creatively playful miniatures; some humorous, some provocative, all of them stimulating.

Handwritten Theatre is available for download at http://handwrittentheatre.blogspot.com. Subscribe to the podcast version at the Apple iTunes Music Store. Public Radio Stations can lease the Handwritten Theatre programs through The Public Radio Exchange at http://www.prx.org.

About Joseph Dougherty:

Joseph Dougherty received Drama Desk and Critics Outer Circle nominations for his play "Digby" produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He wrote the libretto for the Tony winning musical "My Favorite Year" presented at Lincoln Center. An Emmy and Humanitas Prize winner for his work on the groundbreaking series "thirtysomething," he's written several movies for HBO including "Cast a Deadly Spell," nominated for a Ray Bradbury Award by the Mystery Writers of America and selected for screening at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, and the remake of "Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman," starring Daryl Hannah. He has contributed to several popular television series including "Once and Again" and "Saved." He is the author of the book "Comfort and Joi" and in 2006 launched "Handwritten Theatre," a podcast/blog featuring original downloadable drama.

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