Stage to Screen
The nation's top playwrights are turning increasingly to TV where producers are shooting programs on one or two sets to reduce costs as budgets are being squeezed.
The nation's top playwrights are turning increasingly to TV where producers are shooting programs on one or two sets to reduce costs as budgets are being squeezed. "'Theater is now viewed as a way of getting a staff writing job on TV,' says Warren Leight, the show runner and developer of 'Lights Out' who won a 1999 Tony Award for the jazz-inspired play 'Side Man.' 'For a lot of guys now, it's a means to an end. And the end is, 'How do I make a living as a writer?'' Many playwrights say television is a good fit for their talents, since it is often driven by dialogue rather than by the visual effects that dominate film. Recent TV writers include critically acclaimed playwrights—such as Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of ''night, Mother' who wrote for last season's 'In Treatment' on HBO—and current theater darlings such as Jon Robin Baitz, who created ABC's long-running 'Brothers & Sisters' and will debut a new play on Broadway next season. In a tight economy, playwrights have emerged as key writers for episodes that feature only one or two locations—a cost-saving device known as a "bottle episode." These episodes have become increasingly necessary as producers are told to rein in costly, multiple-location shoots. Bottle-episode scripts tend to rely more on dialogue than sprawling action sequences in diverse settings.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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