Welcome to my first blog entry! I’ll be writing here regularly and talking about plays I’m working on, problems I’m having, productions and so on. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with it.
I’m pretty excited about a recent British production. There’s a community theatre called The Riverside Players who have been travelling to different competitions with my play Tuna Fish Eulogy. (They’ve competed in four events thus far.) They called yesterday to say that they have won the All-England competition and if they win that, they go to an All-UK (including Scotland, Wales etc) competition. They’re very happy about it and I’m happy for them.
I’m currently working on a number of projects all in different states. I don’t work on one project at a time because I find that when I hit a block in a play it’s sometimes more productive to move on to another script. That way, I’m always working. Also, sometimes I just don’t feel like sitting down to do re-writes!
I have two one-act plays that are in the advanced first draft stage – my first drafts are really probably third drafts. I get through the play, make changes and corrections, go through it again, get it read by an outside eye, go through it again and end up with what I call a first draft that is ready to be workshopped.
The first play, called Tick Talk, is about how difficult it is for some people to communicate. The dialogue is stripped down with some characters only speaking one word throughout the play. Can’t wait to try it out with some actors. I’m going to a high school tomorrow for a workshop to see what the response is to the piece. I need to make sure that with the minimilist dialogue, that the stage directions get my intention across.
The second play, A Groundhog in a Pear Tree, is a Christmas play where the twelve days of Christmas all get agents and act out. It’s a choral musical and I’m working for the first time with a composer. I’ll hear the music for the first time next week and can’t wait.