Playwriting

And we’re Back!

Is it August already? How could that be. I keep joking that it’s going to be Christmas before we know it, except that it’s not really that much of a joke. It really will be Christmas before we know it. Agh. Do you remember when you were a kid and there was never a more despondent feeling than five seconds after opening your last present and knowing that next Christmas was a whole year away? And that it would take forever for it to arrive? Agh.

Our time off in July hasn’t really been a lot of time off. Sure there’s been some relaxing but also some working. Last week I was knee-deep in Elizabethan theatre for the next newsletter and our latest project TFP the Theatrefolk podcast. We thought it was going to take awhile to be accepted onto itunes, but the whole thing was swift and sure. So now we are officially launched! Woot woot! We’ll be doing them once a week and you can subscribe to the podcast on itunes. And as someone who listens to a number of podcasts I think it’s rather cool to be one of them. We have a podcast. I know it’s not some kind of magical club, there are steps you take to submit your podcast and it’s open to anyone. But I still think it’s cool. And a teeny tiny part of me feels like I’m in a magical club.

So, one of the upcoming podcasts is going to be on rejection in our field. The rejection I’ve felt over the years as a playwright, the rejection I have to mete out on a regular basis to writers who submit to us. The fact that I have a rejection story that made me cry (within the last year) that I don’t think I can share because of the people involved and I’m struggling with that because I know the key to good podcasting is honesty.

And just as I’ve been thinking about all this, I came across this great list from playwright Linda Eisenstein17 sure fire ways to get your script rejected.” I love this! It made me laugh out loud a number of times.

Don’t number the pages, either. Let the theatre guess how long it’ll take by hefting it. Anyway, 160 pages isn’t all that long, is it? Especially when the play is in 5 acts and 23 scenes.

The sad thing is that every one of these comes from experience. Some one has done every thing from this list. Someone has sent out a script without numbering the pages. Or used a font that is impossible to read. Or sent out a script to a theatre that in no way would every be an appropriate fit for the play. My heavens, every once in a while we will get such a wildly inappropriate script I have to wonder what on earth the playwright was thinking.

So as we head back into regular blogging, as we head back into another school year, as we start anew, start with fresh eyes, if you are thinking about sending out your first play to us or to anyone look at these rules and make sure you don’t follow a single one.

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Lindsay Price