Monday, October 15, 2007

Writing plays

For over a year now, I've been participating in a local playwriting group called the Black Doggers. We meet every couple of weeks, read our stuff, and critique each other. Not unlike River Valley Writers, the group I started when I was in college, except this is playwriting only. It's been a great way for me to get back into playwriting, something I've really missed the last seven or eight years. And now all that work has paid off. I submitted a ten-minute play to Rage Theatrics' Hero Stories event and it was accepted. The play is called Pop Tart Hero and is a humorous look at what it takes for one Walter Mitty-esque guy to find the hero in himself. There's a lot of stage combat in the piece as that is Rage's niche. It goes up January 20 at Space/Place.

Sammi threw up yesterday so I was home with a sickie all day. Since she (and Piper, who was also home but not sick) spent most of the day sleeping, I had time to write. I carved a ten-minute play out of an unfinished longer piece that I had been struggling with. Today is the last day to send in a submission to City Circle's short play festival which goes up in February. So, even though I wasn't completely satisfied with my play, I emailed it to them. I know they've had a lot of submissions, so the competition will be fierce. It seems unlikely that I'd have two plays produced within a month of each other, but you never know. It's a play about a dad who is having a hard time being a good dad to his teenage daughter.

It just feels good to be writing again. And finishing. Really, that's what feels good. Finishing.

4 comments:

Chris said...

That kind of outlet has to be fulfilling. Have you ever seen one of your plays performed? How does THAT feel? Do you ever get to direct a play you've written, or is that not how it works?

Hey, I had to move my blog. I don't know if you still read it, but it lives at http://radloffthoughts.blogspot.com/ now if you're interested.

Matt said...

Thanks for the new link. I have been reading your blog.

I have seen my plays performed and I have directed my plays before. I've also acted in a play I've written. The one thing I've never done is just write the play - I've been involved in some other way, too.

Chris said...

I've acted, but I've been a little scared of directing. It's been eight years since I've stepped foot in a theatre -- might just be time for me to go to an audition again...

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