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The Subtext. Episode 22: Cory Hinkle

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A podcast where playwrights talk to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In a conversation that dives into life’s muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and — ultimately — what makes writers tick. 

In this episode, playwright Cory Hinkle digs deep into his Oklahoma childhood and shares stories that continue to influence his work to this day.

CORY HINKLE was the winner of the 2015 Heideman Award for his play, This Quintessence of Dust and he was a co-writer of That High Lonesome Sound, both of which premiered at the Humana Festival. His plays Little Eyes and SadGrrl13 premiered at the Workhaus Collective, a company he co-ran with eight other playwrights from 2007-2012. He was one of the winners of the 2016-17 Humanitas Play LA Prize and is the previous recipient of the McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. His plays include Apocalypse Play (Moving Arts), Golden (Actors’ Theatre commission) The End of Beauty (Cape Cod Theatre Project), A Disappearance in Two Parts (HERE Arts Center) and The Killing of Michael X (Jackalope Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep). His other plays have been produced or developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Guthrie Theater, The Road Theatre, Chalk Rep, Ars Nova, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Mixed Blood Theatre, Salvage Vanguard, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, SPF Summer Play Festival, and New York Theatre Workshop, among others. His work is published by Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Vintage, and Heinemann. More info at

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Brian James Polak

Brian James Polak

Brian is originally from New Hampshire and he has a tattoo to prove it. Some of his plays have been published in Smith & Kraus anthologies, and his embarrassing childhood poetry has been published in Mortified: Love is a Battlefield. He is a member of The Playwrights Union and received his MFA from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Go to to learn more about his work. Follow him on Twitter @bejaypea.