Patricia Heaton is perhaps best known for her storied and long-running turn as Ray Romano’s wife on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Since 2009, she has played the main role of Frankie Heck on ABC’s The Middle. Patricia’s remarkable list of accomplishments includes two Emmy Awards (both for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a deep roster of nominations. She will contribute the foreword to the forthcoming (Spring, 2014) The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, Damon’s second collaboration with Bill Esper.
Ms. Heaton writes: “If you are lucky enough to get anywhere near William Esper’s class, Read more…
Damon will take part in a national radio tour on the morning of 9/11 via Premiere Radio Networks. He will be joined by Florence Engoran, a survivor of the World Trade Center, whose story appears in Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11.
Florence was 5 months pregnant and working on the 55th Floor of Tower 2 at the time of the attacks. Through the help of colleagues and complete strangers, in the midst of the chaos that ensued, she was able to walk to the base of the towers and flee to safety.
Florence’s daughter, Emily Rose, was born a few months later. Emily recently turned 11 years old. She participates in volunteer work, donating her time and energy to various causes.
The radio tour is scheduled for the following live broadcasts Read more…
Damon’s short story “Nightshade” made the shortlist for After the Fall, an Apocalyptic/Dystopian short story anthology from UK-based Almond Press.
“Nightshade” describes civilization’s death rattle as we succumb to a curious and deadly pathogen concocted for biological warfare.
Tentatively titled The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, the book picks up where The Actor’s Art & Craft left off, and follows the same class of actors through their second year of work at the William Esper Studio.
The second year work applies the core principles students learned in their first year to the challenges of character acting. How does the actor truthfully play a character whose temperament and persona are polar opposites of his own? How can these techniques Read more…
Dino Audino Editore specializes in titles pertaining to the performing arts, cinema, theater, television, and other media. Among others, the firm publishes the work of Christopher Vogler, Lajos Egri, Lee Strasberg, and Sanford Meisner.
Each year, the Web of Life Foundation sponsors an essay contest looking for the best non-technical English language writing on themes related to socio-environmental issues. Damon’s essay Brown is Just as Important as Green was just awarded the Overall First Place Winner for 2012’s contest.
WOLFoundation is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging dialog and fresh thinking on subjects related to socio-environmental questions.
In 2005 and 2006, Damon conducted interviews with U.S. veterans of the War in Iraq to write a book that eventually became Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. Using these interviews as source material, he later wrote Shock & Awe: A Play in Two Acts.
Over the course of several drafts, Read more…
Why post something that happened three years ago?
In the first place, we never saw this before.
In the second place, actor Garrett Hendricks helped develop “Shock & Awe.” He’s a friend and an excellent artist, and you’ll like what he does with this role.
Thirdly, and most important by far: the problems faced by U.S. veterans returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to weigh heavily on the American spirit.
And what’s being done about it? Not nearly enough. Read more…
For Spring semester 2013, Damon returns to teach writing for public intellectuals in the program he initiated last year for PhD students in History and Culture at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
From the Caspersen School’s course catalog:
HC 806 001 Writing as a Public Intellectual
Prof. Damon DiMarco
A distinguishing component of a doctorate in history and culture is public engagement. This writing workshop Read more…
I’ve been asked this question three times in the past two weeks.
“Why do you use a blue pen when you edit your galleys? It’s supposed to be red ink, right?”
No. Not traditionally. Three reasons.
- First, red pens are a cliche and writers try to avoid cliches.
- Second, red pens conjure the image of hard-nosed grammar teachers (or at least they do for me).
I respect grammar though proper grammar and good writing are hardly synonymous. They don’t always take each other to the dance. It allÂ depends on which band is playing.
- But the third and most important reason for not using red ink is Read more…