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Writing Opportunity: Call for 10-Minute Plays (or excerpts)

Call for scripts / Galwad am sgriptiau
We are accepting ten minutes plays or excerpts for Script Slam on May 31st 2012.
Five plays will be chosen, developed and performed script-in-hand by professional actors. After each play is performed a panel of industry experts—writers, actors and directors—will be on hand to offer their advice. The audience will then get to vote for their favourite. The winning writer will then have the opportunity to work with Sherman Cymru’s Literary Team to develop their playwrighting skills.

Rydym yn derbyn dramau neu ddarn o ddrama deg munud o hyd i SgriptSlam ar Mai 31ain 2012.
Fe fydd pump drama yn cael eu dewis, datblygu a’u perfformio sgript-mewn-llaw gan griw o actorion proffesiynnol. Wedi i bob drama gael ei pherfformio bydd panel o arbenigwyr o faes y theatr – awduron, actorion a chyfarwyddwyr – yn cynnig eu barn a’u sylwadau. Yna bydd y gynulleidfa yn pleidleisio dros eu hoff ddrama. Fydd yr enillydd wedyn yn cael cyfle i weithio gyda Thîm Llenyddol Sherman Cymru er mwyn datblygu ei sgiliau ysgrifennu ar gyfer y llwyfan.

Deadline / Dyddiad cau: Monday April 9th / Dydd Llun Ebrill 9fed
If you would like to take part please send your work to / Os hoffech chi gymryd rhan plis gyrrwch eich gwaith i:
sarah.bickerton@shermancymru.co.uk or/neu
Sarah Bickerton
Cynorthwyydd Llenyddol / Literary Assistant
Sherman Cymru
Theatr y Sherman / Sherman Theatre
Ffordd Senghennydd / Senghennydd Road
Caerdydd / Cardiff
CF24 4YE

For more information please contact / Am fwy o wybodaeth plis cysylltwch a: sarah.bickerton@shermancymru.co.uk 02920 646 983

Progress Report

Yesterday I got a lot of work done on the spec script I’m writing, and I’m hoping to get lots more done today and over the weekend.

I also have four plays out at 15 different places for consideration. And then, of course, the one being produced in three weeks. And again in late spring/early summer.

And St. Peter in Chains has been submitted to four different publishers. I’ll begin turning it into either a stage play or screenplay soon.

Meanwhile, today Neptune moves into its home sign of Pisces. This only happens about every 160 years, so it’s no small thing. Neptune will stay in its sign for about 13 or so years. And do you know, my horoscope said that under this influence I should consider living near water? Well, guess what?

I’m moving to California.

The Bay Area to be exact. So . . . Water? Check. Better weather? Check. Bigger theatre and entertainment industry scene? Check.

Life is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Is that true? I hope so.

I’ve written another short play titled “The Apple or the Cigarette” and sent that off to a few places. And now I’m back to hammering away at this spec script. It’s extremely slow going, mostly because I’m a perfectionist. Also, I’ve started over from the beginning and am re-crafting large swaths of the work, so . . .

I’m an impatient person by nature. Writing is good for me because it requires me to slow down (at least if and when I want to write well). But this is also very frustrating for me. Makes me restless even as it forces me to focus.

Meanwhile, Mars is in retrograde, which isn’t helping matters.

Don’t know that I’ll be posting very often as I attempt to concentrate on my work, so to tide you over, here’s a little Q&A:

Are you guilty of drunk dialing?
No. Drinking makes me silly then sleepy, so I usually fall asleep before I can do anything truly stupid.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Lust maybe. Attraction. Not sure about love. I’m not even convinced it exists in the traditionally understood sense.

Fact about the person you fell hardest for?
He’s the only person whose happiness has ever meant more to me than my own.

What kind of backpack/purse do you use?
A brown leather Fossil bag with black trim (so it can go with anything), large enough to carry a notebook and/or Sherlock when we travel.

Is it good if the person you’re dating is sexually experienced or not?
There are pros and cons to either their being experienced or needing some instruction.

Are you scared of spiders?
Not sure if “scared” is the word, but I dislike them intensely.

Do you miss anyone?
Yes.

Do you curse a lot?
Not by today’s general standards, I don’t think. In fact, I’d say I probably curse less than the average.

Where is the person you have feelings for right now?
I don’t know.

Do you have trust issues?
Yes.

If someone liked you right now, would you want them to tell you?
Yes. Might make me feel better about myself in general to know I’m liked. And I like to have the option and/or opportunity to reciprocate.

Have you ever sung in front of a lot of people?
Yes.

Do people tell you that you have a nice voice?
Yes.

What scares you the most in life?
Failure.

Playwriting Opportunity

The Well is ACTIVELY seeking submissions of new and sparsely produced plays by writers of all backgrounds and stripes. No requirements, no criteria, no rules. There are no fees, and there will be modest compensation for work that we end up producing. Please send plays – even if they’re not fully finished – by April 15th via email to wellsubmissions@gmail.com, or via snail mail to:

The Well Theater
c/o Literary Manager
206 East 6th Street
#14
New York, NY 10003

Visit the site for more about THE WELL theater group.

Playwriting Opportunity

The following was sent to me:

Want the chance to get your theatre script produced and performed in July 2012? The 24:7 Theatre Festival is looking for new material in the form of 10 plays for any audience and 1 specifically for a family audience.

The 24:7 Theatre Festival can provide an important stepping stone for those with talent in playwriting, providing invaluable experience and exposure.

24:7 aims to empower the writer to self-produce their own work, whilst giving as much support as is needed. Whilst this may seem daunting it does work! New writers needn’t be intimidated as there are always first time writers participating every year. We aim to help make your dreams come true, so give it a chance!

Entry to the festival opens on 1st December and closes on 9th January 2012.

For more information please contact natalia@247theatrefestival.co.uk

The site for the festival is www.247theatrefestival.co.uk. Note there is an entry fee as well as an additional fee for production if your play is selected.

NaNoWriMo Fail

It appears I’m not actually doing NaNoWriMo this year after all. The month is nearly half over, and though I’ve written one play and started another, I won’t have anything like a novel by the time the clock runs out. I’m fine with this . . . I think. Since I write all the time anyway, the deadline for NaNo seems forced and arbitrary. I’ve produced more work in the past year than I had in the three or four years prior, so I have nothing to be ashamed of. And hopefully this is just the start of my prolific career.

The play I’m writing now is coming along very well, much better than the last one I wrote (which wasn’t bad but was like pulling the proverbial teeth to write). And I have several other projects in the works as well that need to get finished. So I’ll keep adding to my oeuvre, I suppose. NaNo or not.

My Name in Lights

Not really, but “Warm Bodies” is now officially listed as a semi-finalist at The Valley Repertory Company‘s 3rd Annual LabWorks. Auditions are on December 4th, and it’s very weird to think about actual people acting out what I’ve written. Just so different from screenwriting, which feels a bit more removed. But I’m hugely excited anyway and hope to travel down and see the play in February. I wonder if I’ll be able to stand it? (I can’t stand watching myself on video after a performance; will watching others perform my play be any different?) I guess we’ll see . . .

What I do like about playwriting is that I tell a story and then different directors can do any number of things with it. Like we’re all having the same dream but it looks different to everyone.

Progress, or: Lack Thereof

I’m supposed to be participating in NaNoWriMo, but as things stand, I haven’t even started. I’m too busy trying to finish a play that I thought was going to be 10 minutes long but . . . Now I’m not sure. I’m on page nine and don’t see it finishing in one more. Fifteen? Twenty? No idea. I really just want to finish it, but I also don’t want to rush it . . . I think I’m just eager to have something new to submit, since “Warm Bodies” has found some love. Gotta ride that wave!