I am laughing at the guy who says he has "a protagonist, but no plot". Haha. What if you are like me and you have lotta plots and great themes, but no protagonists?
I wrote one play with lotta characters and good plot. then the protagonist disappears from the stage, hahaha.
How could I do anything that stupid?
Nothing has changed since I was on here before. I am still working on the idea of trying to set up my own play readings (after I get some plays written to be read). I have been getting relatives and friends to read my plays, and that is real helpful, but I want to hear them out loud.
So I decided to hold my own readings and brunch on my farm. I moved from the city back to the farm in order to do this, and I found all the wood missing that I had stacked up to build a "globe" of sorts. It was probably $100,000 worth of 2 X 12 X 18 ft. long boards, pure oak, which I salvaged from an office building. I paid a man $200 to haul them to my farm. He died, and I have no witness to that, however, and all the wood got stolen out of my field.
So if we do readings, it will be sitting on the grass, I guess. but then.... a theatre is not really a building. it is the plays and people.
Meanwhile, people are starting a local "folk theatre". But it has to be all "positive" so as not to upset politicians granting grants for it, and I am not very positive. Lately I am reading Ibsen and thinking over how corrupt other people are.
I joined the folk theatre anyway, and became an actor: I am great at pretending to be "positive". "Have a great day".
wanna-be will kemp.
As a former farm kid, Will Kemp, you have my sympathy for getting lumbered and from coming from Kentucky. We had a couple cows stolen. This was before veterinarians invented recovery chips. I helped my Pop insert dog whistles in one of each of our cows' udders. If a stranger tried to milk an udder what didn't belong to them it would cause the udder to whistle and our trained cowhounds would lead us to the culprits. Turned out they were stolen for a community theatre production of Tobacco Road. We got to the theater to retrieve our cows at the same time all the dogs in the county arrived. The show, of course, was closed, but years later would be the basis for Dog Day Afternoon. Our family still collects royalties from it. Theatre is for losers. Welcome to the club and have a great day. xo
Oh, so you got into theatre through cows!
yeah, I lost a fortune in lumber that I could have used to build a building like the Globe. I had ten acres filled up with 18 foot boards stacked 5 feet high with air spacers in between.
It just occurred to me that some of it may actually have been put into the new theatre in my home county. I have never seen the new building for the outdoor drama here, but I know one of my neighbors helped build the road to it. I caught him trespassing on my land once.
I can't figure out how anybody stole all that wood without my other neighbors noticing it going out of here. They might have carried it over the ridge into the next hollow though. I am going to go look at that building.
I told police and the investigation hasn't led anywhere apparently.
They do a historical drama in my hometown, but I haven't been down to see it. And now we have a "folk theatre" as well.
Plus, we have a theatre called Actors Collaborative theatre, near Breaks Interstate Park on KY/Va border. It is pretty good cause it is run by a professional.
I am about 90 miles from Barter Theatre and 120 from SART in NC.
I sent bad plays to a lot of theatres around me, so I have to lay low for awhile and change my name.
I can't say that I care for cow theatre: It reminds me too much of our folk theatre: Everybody stands around in a frozen tableau with their heads down. There is a lot of mumbling, like the sound of cows' stomachs.
I am no actor, and I finally decided I had to get out of acting in folk theatre. However, they let me hang around anyway.
I think I will go watch Dog Day Afternoon. I saw it years ago. It was all like one long Al Pacino monologue, as I recall. it had a protagonist (;p)