I started this daily playwriting challenge (for November, by Red Theater of Chicago) in order to get my chops back. I have a play to finish by December 31 for the 365 Women a Day project. It doesn’t have to be long, in fact it can’t be longer than 60 pages, and the shorter ones have a better chance of getting produced.
Writing a short play, ten to twenty minutes long, can be more challenging than writing a full length play, in my opinion. Every play has to be worthy of the time and attention of an audience. It mustn’t be a skit or sketch, but must pull in the audience and make them laugh or well up, surprise them. Here is a link to a list of twelve rules for writing a winning short play.
So far this month, I’ve written twenty-three short plays. I’d say maybe three of them meet most of the criteria. Most days I’m writing something to a prompt. Other days I’m writing scenes for the Ella Baker play I’m working on, or scenes for the mystery novel I’m working on. Some days are fun. Other days are dreadful.
Today’s play had a prompt to write the last two minutes of my own funeral. The prompter was looking for something deep, meaningful, or possibly exciting. I did not come up with any of those things. The truth is I didn’t want to think about my funeral. Too many feels, as they say. I won’t be sending this one out anywhere.
Seven more plays to go for November.
What are you working on? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Another November challenge? How is it going? Please share whatever you care to, right here.