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 Posted: Thu Mar 29th, 2007 04:51 pm
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The death of their son, David, has left the Meeks little choice but to rely on his [size=irresponsible brother, Richard, to run for office. ]Richard is convinced his certain defeat will allow an early return to his hedonistic lifestyle, but supported by his powerful father, Governor Harold Meek, Richard is elected and in spite of several undistinguished terms in congress, is now one step away from a nomination for vice-president. 

But his father dies, and Richard receives a series of letters indicating crimes were committed in order to advance his career.  Richard insists he was unaware of any wrongdoing, but his fiancée, Susan Thomas, who knows more then she should about the crimes in question, tells him he should have known and must resign. But Richard’s mother, Vera Meek, faced with the disintegration of a political dynasty, is prepared to use emotional blackmail to keep her son in office.

Richard must make a choice, but will a history of self indulgence and a mother’s intimidation prevent him from making the right one?

 

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 Posted: Sat Mar 31st, 2007 02:32 pm
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I suspect that much of your synopsis is actually backstory. Backstory should be either ommitted or limited to five words or less in a synopsis. The synopsis, afterall, is about the action of your play. Stick to the action.

Also, only name the most essential characters -- often just the main character in short synopsis.

In your synopsis I do not get a sense of when your play begins. In fact, two of the three characters you first mention seem to be dead before the action even starts.

Start your synospis where your play starts. What would that read like?

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 Posted: Thu Apr 5th, 2007 02:59 pm
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Many thanks for your helpful comments.

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