The November challenge is humming right along at Red Theater of Chicago. Aaron Sawyer provides a daily prompt, and for the most part I have written to the prompt. Here are the titles of the plays I’ve written so far: Ella’s Secret; Ella’s Interview; Cardboard; Women in Harlem; Lesbian Nun; Willie; Lightning Round; Afternoon Delight; Headed for Broadway; Life or Death; If Wishes were Horses; Why it Rains in Portland; Friday the 13th; Bay, O Wolf, Bay; Vertical Rainbow; and Get a Roomba.
My sister is reading them. My friend is reading them. I have no idea whether anyone else is reading them or not. I’m enjoying writing them and believe writing these short plays every day is building playwriting muscle. I have written at least one play which will be a scene in the play I’m writing about Ella Baker.
Yesterday we wrote an “impossible” play. Actors spoke in shapes and colors as well as words. The play I wrote takes place on a small island in the middle of the lake. The audience has to swim out to the island and tread water for the duration. Actors are mostly naked. One falls into the lake. And so on. I encourage you to challenge yourself in your own writing. See what happens. Something might.
I wrote a couple of poems this week as well. It has been a productive week, and when I write I feel happier than when I don’t. No matter what else is going on in my life, or in the world.
If you’re a writer, I hope your writing is going well. If you are not, I hope you are reading something brilliant that lifts you up.