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Backspace

by Lindsay Price

In this world writing is a struggle, a battle, a war. Backspace explores personification and characterization like no other play.

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 About 30 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 23
2 M | 6 W | 15 Any Gender


Simple set


 38 pages

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In addition to traditional live stage performance rights, Backspace can also be performed under the following scenarios.

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Each time the play is performed for a virtual audience of any size (whether or not admission is charged) constitutes one performance.

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“Being a writer is not for the faint of heart.
Not for the weak. Things get bloody.”

In the world of Backspace, writing is a struggle, a battle, a war. Writers go off to the front lines to fight Ideas who resist at every turn. They stare at the Blank Page and must stand strong when she starts talking back. They look for anything and everything to move their writing forward.

The front is littered with writers who have given up. Will our four young writers face the same fate? Every word is another word closer to Victory!

An excellent theatrical experience for any cast or any class. The play explores personification in a unique and vivid manner. Where else can you bring a typewriter to life?


Characters

 23
2 Men, 6 Women, 15 Any Gender

Characters


Fresh [W]
42 lines
Writer just starting out.
Rook [W]
34 lines
Writer just starting out.
Fledge [M]
53 lines
Writer just starting out.
Tyro [M]
41 lines
Writer just starting out.
The Blank Page [W]
9 lines
The personification of writer’s block, the one who fills your headwith doubt.
Lady Aid [W]
13 lines
Lady of the Auxiliary who is fascinated by writers, tea, and crochet.
Lady Charity [W]
10 lines
Lady of the Auxiliary who is fascinated by writers, tea, and crochet.
Novata [W]
8 lines
A representative of the next round of writers just starting out.
Raw Ideas (all) [A]
Amoebic, whispering, clawed figures. Aside from the group there are three specific ideas: Whisp, Germ, and Bead. Chorus of lines

The Typewriter (all)

Character Typewriter Part


RC [A]
22 lines
Commander of the Carriage (the machine as a whole)
2ND [A]
54 lines
Carriage Release
F-REN [A]
15 lines
Feed Ribbon
HAMM [A]
20 lines
Type Hammer
TB [A]
12 lines
Type Bar
PEG [A]
13 lines
Type Guide
SHIFT [A]
42 lines
Shift Key
CAPS [A]
17 lines
Caps Key
SPACE [A]
15 lines
Space Bar
TAB [A]
23 lines
Tab Key
APOSTRO [A]
15 lines
Apostrophe Key
A, Y, B, M, J [A]
30, 20, 19, 19, 16 lines
Individual Letter Keys


Prop List

cups of tea, cookies (could be mimed)


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 About 30 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 23
2 M | 6 W | 15 Any Gender


Simple set


 38 pages

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