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Poster:cootiesdrunk
Date:2007-11-15 20:01
Subject:New 1 Act, Criticisms are much appreciated.
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THE VACATIONCollapse )
Hello! This is a comedy I've been working on for a lab my school's theater department is doing. Any and all criticism is welcome. Thank you to all!

-Jordan

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Poster:boobirdsfly
Date:2007-11-01 12:26
Subject:It's not too late to join ... we just started !!!
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Join us and write a play in November !!!!

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It's not too late to sign up for Naplwrimo !!!
You know you want to write a play in November.
You know you want to.
Even if you never have.
Even if you don't know how.
And if you know how and want to and haven't signed up , you need to sign up at these two addresses :

Naplwrimo Homepage
and
Naplwrimo Discussion Boards

Signing up for both is the only way to participate !!!
Don't miss out and see you there !

I gotta go start my play.... or you know... write the 30 other web pages that should be up and aren't yet.

Playwrighterly Yours,

Dorothy aka imtboo but don't tell anyone :)

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Poster:splattworld
Date:2007-10-12 08:12
Subject:Announcing "splattworks"
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I've just launched splattworks, a blog dedicated to theatre, arts, culture, politics, and snark from a practicing playwright and recovering journalist.

http://splattworks.blogspot.com/

Thanks,

Steve Patterson

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Poster:ludimagist
Date:2007-10-04 12:56
Subject:
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Does anyone have any experience with JAC publications?

This is their URL:

http://www.jacneed.com/JAC/JAC.htm

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Poster:splattworld
Date:2007-10-04 09:25
Subject:Update: MySpace New Play Network
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Strangely enough, the Myspace New Play Network...

http://groups.myspace.com/newplaynetwork

...will be a year old in a couple months, and it's doing pretty darn well. Currently, we have about 375 members which include playwrights, theatres, and various theatre professionals from all over the world. It continues to be a good place to announce a new script, look for a script, or discuss the business of new play development, and I'm trying to include announcements for script submission opportunities now and again.

(Note to those who want to send me submission opportunites for inclusion: I'm going to follow the Dramatists Guild example and not include fee-based submission unless the theatre explains clearly what the readers fee goes for...and if the fee's outrageous, expect snark. I don't know how I became the anti-fee poster boy, but I'll bear the cross.)

Anyway, there's a lively bunch of folks there, and here's hoping the group continues to grow, having weathered its first year.

Steve

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Poster:charliejoy
Date:2007-09-30 20:58
Subject:introductions are probably necessary
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Hey there. I'm new to these parts so i thought i would post an intro.

My name is Toni. I'm 32 years old and i just moved to Conway, Arkanasas. I've been a playwright since 2002. I went to the University of Iowa and got my degree in theatre in 2005. I have had three ten minute plays produced, two of which have been published. I am currently working on several full length works and on doing a modified version of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 days/365 plays, in which i write either a full scene to a play on the back burner, or write a one act play. It's been wonderful to do this. It's made such a difference to write like this every day.

I enjoy plays like 'The Pillowman', 'King Lear', 'Antigone', 'How I Learned to Drive', 'Mr. Marmalade', 'Shakuntala' and I love Japanese Noh drama and German Expressionism.

I'll post some things in the near future. I just wanted to break the ice. :)

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Poster:xerxes1980
Date:2007-09-25 19:00
Subject:A new one-act
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Mood: contemplative

Here is a one-act that I recently completed titled "Ennui Biorythm". Any comments and/or critiques are welcome.



MARK

Okay, so all of the orders are entered. I'm just going to...

(sound of the fax machine pumping out more paper)

(pause) check the fax.

RAFIQ

It never fails, does it?

MARK

Ugh, I do not have time for this.

WILSON

Yeah, especially since this system is from the stone ages.

JAIME

Why is it that when I press something, there is a lag of twenty seconds before it actually does something.
WILSON

You know, it would be a really good torture tactic to make terrorists have to use this system.

MARK

They definitely wouldn't ever get any attacks planned.

JAIME

Or completed, for that matter.
ELLIE

What time is it? What is the conspiracy with not having any clocks in this office?

MARK

It's quarter till. You do have a clock on your computer.


ELLIE

Yeah, but I've trained myself not to look at that one. It's five minutes fast. I can't take all that false hope.


JAIME

Why don't you just set it to the correct time?

ELLIE

It already takes for ever just to enter data on this thing. I'm afraid that if I actually try to change a setting, that this thing will self-destruct.

WILSON

You never know.
MARK

Good point. Just do what Wilson does, have a clock on your desk.

JAIME

I don't have any room with all of this paper work.

(Phone rings)

This is Jaime, how can I help you? Hey Charlie, what do you need? How many orders? Okay, by when? I can't make any promises...

WILSON

Uh, oh. That sounds like corporate needs more documents.

ELLIE

Why do they always manage to call right before five o'clock?

MARK

Because they know that if they just ask Jaime to do it, she can't say no.

RAFIQ

Yeah, but they don't have to listen to her bitch about it the whole time.

MARK

Exactly.

JAIME

(Continuing)

All right, I'll fax those over as soon as I have them. You have a good evening too.

(Hangs up phone)

Bastard! I have fifteen minutes left and you need the documents for ten orders? A little notice would have been nice.

MARK

Notice? Corporate doesn't understand that word. They want everything yesterday.

RAFIQ

There you go egging her on.
MARK

Well, it is bull that they get to go home promptly at five o'clock and we have to struggle just to leave by five fifteen.

RAFIQ
That's just the nature of the beast.

(More papers come over the fax.)

JAIME

Well, I'll be out in the files.

(JAIME exits.)

ELLIE

Have fun with that.
MARK

Will that fax machine ever stop. Come on people, just place your order tomorrow.

WILSON

Yeah, but they probably have a boss that wants them to have that order in by five.

MARK
Good point.


(Intercom begins beeping.)
TERRI

Wilson! Hows that stock report coming?
WILSON

Uh, Terri, I'm just putting the final touches on it now. I'll copy you on the email.

TERRI

Great, Wilson.

(Intercom hangs up.)
RAFIQ

Why does she insist using the intercom us, when she's ten feet away? This office is not that big.

WILSON

Using the intercom makes her feel important. Yes, ten more minutes! And send.

MARK

I hate this system! It just erased an entire order for no reason. I can't take this anymore.

RAFIQ

Sorry Mark, I feel your pain. I lose about two orders a day for no apparent reason.

(JAIME enters with a stack of papers.)


JAIME

All right, I just have to fax these off real quick and then I can get back to those returns.

(Walks to the fax machine and begins faxing the documents.)
RAFIQ

I cannot be late for my daughter's parent-teacher conference.

ELLIE

How is she doing this year?

RAFIQ

Pretty well, I think. This is why I'm going to the conference. To make sure.

MARK

She's a good kid, I'm sure she's doing fine.

RAFIQ

Yes, but this is her first year of high school. I want to make sure she stays a good kid.

ELLIE

You and Hadiyah have done a good job.

RAFIQ

I know. Muna is such a great daughter. I still worry. The world is much smaller and more dangerous than ever.

ELLIE

I know. What with all of the school shootings and bomb threats. It seems like no one is safe anywhere anymore.

WILSON

Yeah, but were we ever? I mean think of September 11th.

JAIME

(Still faxing.)

Oh no, here we go again.

WILSON

No, it's not here we go again. Just hear me out on this one.

MARK

Wilson generally has an interesting perspective on things, lets hear him out.

RAFIQ

If you are going to say anything ignorant, just warn me now.

WILSON

Now hold on, wait a minute. I was just going to say that those people were probably working and drinking their coffee, completely unsuspecting of what was about to happen to them. If you can get killed while just doing your everyday thing, something as simple as working, how safe are we?

RAFIQ

Yes, but do you know how many people around the world have to worry and think about safety every minute of everyday?

WILSON

Yes, and that only furthers my point. We were living in some alternate universe thinking that we are somehow immune from what the real world is like.

JAIME

That's a valid point, but what are we supposed to do, walk around all huddled with fear?

RAFIQ

No. Fear is what they want you to fear.

WILSON

I'm not sure. I don't think any of us are.






JAIME

I already have enough to worry about, with the price of gas going up, my property taxes going up, the fact I'm going to have no social security. I don't know, my fears are just a little bit more immediate.

(Finally finishes faxing.)

Yes! Finally done, with five minutes to spare.

(Takes papers and returns to her desk.)

MARK

Finally, I think the barrage of orders is over.

RAFIQ

Why did you have to say that?

(Fax begins spitting out more papers.)


MARK

Damn! I just jinxed myself. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

ELLIE

Hey Wilson, can we turn off the phones a little early?

WILSON

No.

JAIME

You've just got to love Wilson, such a benevolent supervisor.

WILSON

I heard that.

JAIME

I know.
MARK

Wilson, how are the cooking classes going?

WILSON

Well I have one tonight. So far, it's not too bad. It just sucks cooking for one though.

MARK

If you get your skills up, you might not be cooking for just one for very long.

RAFIQ

Wilson is on the market again. This is a very scary thought.

ELLIE

Well you're much better to work with since the divorce.

WILSON

Thank? I think?

(Pops his head over his computer.)


Uh, Jaime, why is your screen blank?

(Intercom begins beeping.)

JAIME

Yes, saved by the bell.

WILSON

Yes, Terri?

TERRI

Could I see you in my office for a sec?

WILSON
Sure thing.
TERRI

Thanks.

(Intercom hangs up.)

MARK

Uh oh, what does the dragon lady want?

WILSON

(Rising from his desk and heading to the door DSC.)

Could you please not refer to your boss and mine as the “dragon lady”?

(WILSON exits.)

ELLIE

He is so loyal to her. No matter what harebrained idea she comes with, he's always on board.

RAFIQ

Actually, he nods and says yes to all of her ideas but only enacts the ones that he thinks will actually work.

MARK

This is true.

JAIME

Can you believe that Brenda left him.

ELLIE

Actually, yes, I can.

MARK

I'm with Ellie on that one. He's a workaholic. All work and no play makes Wilson a dull boy.



RAFIQ

I think we should all take him out one night. To cheer him up.

JAIME

That sounds like a good idea on paper. Does anyone really want to hang out with Wilson outside of work though?

MARK

Wilson's not a bad guy once you get to know him. He's just hard on you because you're new.

ELLIE

He wants to see if you're really going to work.

RAFIQ

And see if you'll stay. We've all been through it.

JAIME

So he's not normally this uptight?

RAFIQ

No one said that. He just likes to pick on the newbies.

MARK

You're certainly not doing yourself any favors either.

ELLIE

Just do your job. If you complain about how things works, he'll think you're looking for another job.

RAFIQ

He's paranoid about losing employees.

MARK

Yes!! It's go time, baby!

(All turn off their computers and begin gathering their things to go.)

(WILSON emerges from DSC)

WILSON

Well kids, same bat time, same bat place tomorrow?

MARK

You know it.

ALL

Have a good night, Wilson!

(All exit as WILSON walks to his desk and turns of his computer. The lights dim. As he gathers his things and turns off the office “lights”, the stage goes black.)

THE END

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Poster:splattworld
Date:2007-07-26 19:29
Subject:UBU LIVES!
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Dear Colleagues:

Pavement Productions, my production company in Portland, Oregon, is putting out a call for short plays inspired by playwright Alfred Jarry's horrible creature, Ubu Roi. Details follow below.

Thanks,

Steve Patterson
Co-Artistic Director/Resident Playwright
Pavement Productions
Portland, Oregon
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UBU LIVES!

Pavement Productions, an independent theatre company in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to the development and staging of new scripts, announces a call for 10-minute plays for UBU LIVES!—an anthology production of plays inspired by Ubu Roi, the monstrous character created by surrealist/dada playwright Alfred Jarry. (For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubu_Roi).

Plays should be in English, have no more than six characters, and require minimal staging. Plays will be initially presented as a staged or concert reading, with a possible full production at a later date. There will be no pay for the reading, but, if the show goes to full production, playwrights will receive a percentage of the box office. There are no reading fees. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2007. Please send submissions as Microsoft Word or PDF files to Steve Patterson at splatterson@mindspring.com Requests for further information can be sent to the same e-mail address.

Pavement Productions has been developing and producing new, wild, and semi-dangerous works since 1990 and has presented over 30 world premieres. Pavement has especially had success with its anthology shows of short plays built around a central theme. Past anthology shows have included “Behind the Eyes” (plays about dreams), “Between the Sheets” (plays about sex), and “Life and Death on the American Road” (plays about road trips).

Pere Ubu is also the name of a strange and wonderful rock band.

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Poster:bdar
Date:2007-03-21 15:55
Subject:Camenae Ensemble announces Monologue Contest!
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MONOMANIACAL!Collapse )

(x-posted to playwrights and dramageddon)

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Poster:lordpook1
Date:2007-03-04 21:00
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You're a genius.


So go write and edit The Living Script, a wiki-play.


www.livingscript.com

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Poster:charlieguiteau
Date:2007-01-13 11:03
Subject:Eva: A new play
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A new play I wrote!

EVA: By Jake P.Collapse )

All comments and criticism is very much appreciated. I need all the help I can get, y'know?

x-Posted all over the place

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Poster:splattworld
Date:2006-12-09 14:55
Subject:New Networking Opportunity
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I recently started a group on MySpace called the New Play Network. If you'd like to check it out, it's at:

http://groups.myspace.com/newplaynetwork

Here's the Mission Statement:

A networking hub for playwrights, artistic directors, literary managers, directors, dramaturgs, and other theatre professionals passionate about nuturing new plays, from readings to productions. Tell us what you're working on, what you're looking for, what you'd like to get involved with. Hot scripts? Writers worth watching? Exceptional theatres or development programs? Directors or actors seeking new properties? This is a place to confab, connect, compare notes, and, it is hoped, cross-pollinate. Plus feel free to upload images from recent productions or broadcast production notices for new plays or calls for scripts.


Thanks,

splatt

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Poster:bdar
Date:2006-10-10 00:01
Subject:Durang and Norman call for rebellion against O'Neill Playwrights Festival.
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Note: The message below is forwarded from playwrights Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman.

UPDATE: Durang and Norman have sent a follow-up, it can be read in the Comments for this post.

We are writing to warn you about a development at the O'Neill Playwrights Festival, a situation so serious that we can no longer recommend that you send your scripts there, and hope to discourage you from mentoring or assisting them in any way. The problem is this—from now on, the O'Neill Board is determined to demand a percentage of the playwright's subsidiary income IN PERPETUITY from any play accepted for presentation at the O'Neill. This means that for four days of rehearsal, and a presentation with actors using scripts, you will owe them a permanent percentage of your income from that play.

This is so patently unfair, and so clearly against their own mission statement, that we can only assume they have lost their minds, or perhaps decided to think of themselves as commercial producers instead of the generous, helpful organization they used to be,
devoted to playwrights and their work.

They tried to demand this participation from two writers this summer, but were thwarted by efforts by the Dramatists Guild, and the agent for two of the writers, John Buzzetti. Both writers said they would pull their work if this provision was attached and the O'Neill backed down, saying that since no warning was given, it wasn't fair to ask for the percentage. But last month they announced they would be demanding the percentage from the writers whose work was accepted this summer.

We urge you not to submit your scripts to the O'Neill. We urge you to talk to your agents about this, and not participate in any way. We are afraid this is the beginning of the end for an institution we have all admired and cherished. This is part of a disturbing trend in development organizations, where playwrights are increasingly expected to pay for their productions, in spite of the fact that those organizations raise money and get grants claiming that they exist to help playwrights. More and more, it's looking like those
organizations exist to support themselves, not their writers. In this regard, beware of any contest that charges you more than $15 to apply, because that's about what readers are being paid these days.

Over and over again in class, we urged you to get over feeling grateful, and defend yourself in situations where you sense you are being taken advantage of. So this is just us saying it again. Do not give your work away, and do not pay somebody to produce it, and do not grant rights that are excessive. Do not encumber your work with percentages to people who think they deserve them just because they recognized you were good.

Please pass this information along to anyone you think could use it. The only way to impress on the O'Neill the insanity of what they are doing is to deny them the plays that they need. Many of us have tried talking to them, and they are not listening. So we are taking this step, and encouraging all writing teachers in America to contact their students in the same way.

All our best,

Chris Durang and Marsha Norman



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Poster:charlieguiteau
Date:2006-08-28 20:14
Subject:A New Play
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A new play! Please read. It's rough and I need help with it! Especially the ending. Enjoy!

EVA.Collapse )

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Poster:xerxes1980
Date:2006-07-23 07:52
Subject:Some opening lines to a new one act
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Mood: blank

These are some opening lines to my new one act. Please share any thoughts or suggestions.
Thanks

Read more...Collapse )

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Poster:sohovik_lives
Date:2006-07-12 23:32
Subject:13th Street Rep
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Mood: anxious

If anyone is in the New York City area, or will be in the last two weeks of July, stop by 13th Street Rep why dontcha?  They'll be producing the "Lucky 13" short play festival the last two weekends (Thu-Sun) of the month.  And since one of the plays in the festival was written by me, I want to make people aware.  And since I have no way of getting to New York in time for any of the performances, I want to get as many other people out there to see it as I can.  Will I know if you've seen it?  Only if you post it here to tell me, I guess.  But this is the best I can do at the moment to get the word out.

By the way, mine is in "Group B" so it'll be performed on July 21, 23, 27 & 29.  Be sure to enjoy The Sandman Cometh.  And if you don't enjoy it.... um... well, lie or something....

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Poster:swore
Date:2006-05-25 19:30
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Here's the show I'm working on. We opened last night.



I'm listed as "Jason Barrett....Producer's Attache" which means "Django's office bitch." But it's a good job. It would be great if I was getting paid...in money.

Anyway, the show runs through July 1 at the Side Studio Theatre: 1520 W. Jarvis.
Ticket reservations can be made online or by calling 773-419-5001.

If you want to hear my lovely voice but not actually speak to me, try the toll-free number: 877-505-6299

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Poster:colorsofate
Date:2006-05-23 21:08
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Does anyone have any of the sheet music from Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris?

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Poster:colorsofate
Date:2006-05-20 11:22
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Does anyone have the "Gun Song" sheet music from Assassins????

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Poster:colorsofate
Date:2006-05-15 18:51
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Does anybody know about these plays? Anything you know would be greatly appreciated!:

Deaf Day by Leslie Ayvazian

High Dive by Leslie Ayvazian

Plan Day by Leslie Ayvazian

Beauty's Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith

Monster by Dael Orlandersmith

Bag Lady by Jean-Claude van Itallie

Rosary by Jean-Claude van Itallie

Jenny Keeps Talking by Richard Greenberg

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