Playwriting

Workshop techniques

I’m in the middle of two weeks of new play workshops. That’s where I go into a school with a play I’m working on and try things out with student performers. Sometimes, the play is in a far along state and I know it’ll just take a day to reveal any kinks or problems. Others are not so far along, or they require something more involved. The play might depend on non-traditional action, or overlapping dialogue. Those things need to be seen and heard to make sure what’s on the page is going to work when brought to life. Funhouse¬†took over a year of workshopping (off and on) to make sure I got it just right.

One of the plays I’m workshopping is my long in development Poe piece (the middle school version) which can’t seem to find a home and I don’t know why. But I’m not prepared to give up. Nor am I prepared to make changes until I see it in action. But because Poe’s text is so dense, that’s hard to do in a workshop situation. Unless you’re stubborn. As I am. (Craig says I’m pigheaded, but tomato tomaato). To that end I’ve been thinking about and coming up with some techniques to get students away from reading the page and performing as soon as possible. I want the piece to come to life so I can see if the issues are with the script.

Watch and see what I’ve come up with…..

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Lindsay Price

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