got mail from these folks, saying they've selected my decidedly bizarre 10 minute piece titled 'A Dead Soldier in the Family' for their Red vs. Blue: Summer Shorts XI.
a little wary at the $30 membership requirement - but they did mention this up front, and sent emails out advising that if submisions got selected, there'd be this 'membership' fee.. so perhaps its just my own grumpiness at paying anything - even tho they're saying they want to do it. http://www.dwomble.com/PRT/spotlight_on.htm
Usually, on principle, I don't submit to anything requiring a fee - unless its some truly huge potential prize (money or major credibility). it seems though that this fee/membership thing is something thats relatively new for this group, so perhaps its okay..?
Any thoughts from forumites?
In other news, been having sporadic contact from the Living Theatre in NY, who want to do a reading of my 'Dogs of the Blue Gods' play.. May 6 was mentioned, but I dont see anything on their website, and haven't heard what time - and given the distance I am from NY, debating whether to schlep all the way down there for it..
Last edited on Mon May 5th, 2008 09:06 pm by IanFraser
re Living Theatre, apparently email notices went out - and its happening tomorrow night (May 6th) at 8pm
@ The Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St. New York, New York 10002
kind of short notice though, darn it.. still, its happening, for any folks in forum, in the area - who'd be interested in seeing a reading of this one-act play. Runs about 40-50 minutes max, depending on how they read it..
see the other new topic for the play info:
Having done some research on the Living Theatre, and seeing that they're clearly as
'political' and 'avant garde' as I tend to be, how can I not go? So I'm making an effort, and will be there this evening..
Last edited on Tue May 6th, 2008 11:08 am by IanFraser
re the Playwrights Round Table. Given that I haven't paid for a single submission in a
year, and also that they (PRT) have a pretty solid production history, I figured the simplest course of action - rather than 'cutting off my nose to spite my face' - is to pay
the bucks and dont worry about it, and move on. Which I did. There goes my submission budget for the year :P
(Normally - unless the prize is for serious thousands and big prestige - I just refuse to throw money at any arbitrary 'theatre group'). But my instinct said that these guys seemed genuine.
So - me and another six playwrights have our work happening!
Been chatting with the director already. (told her basically I'm a hands-off kind of writer, and to 'go have fun with it', which I think isn't the norm for the US, where a lot of writers seem to want to stress over and control their work when its clearly out of their hands.
Anyone else from the Forum make it in?
Here's a list of the final plays -
Playwrights Round Table Announces Plays and Directors for Red Vs. Blue
Playwrights Round Table of Orlando is proud to announce the seven plays selected for inclusion for the upcoming production of Red Vs. Blue, an evening of short plays skewering American politics. The plays, playwrights, and directors are:
A Dead Soldier in the Family, by Ian Fraser (Willimantic, CT), directed by Avis-Marie Barnes -- A recently-killed Marine returns home to exact his revenge on the family which sent him off to war;
Behind the Curtain, by Bart Jones (Orlando, FL), directed by Brian Feldman -- Ben and Sam prepare to unleash the presidential Panderbot 3000 on an unsuspecting public;
Mr. Mittens, by David Strauss (Orlando, FL), directed by Paul Castaneda -- In which we discover just how much this country has gone to the dogs...or cats, as the case may be;
Normal is a Country, by Steven Schutzman (Baltimore, MD), directed by Kate Singleton -- A shattered soldier home from Iraq tries to mend himself with the help of his mother;
Politically Incorrect Dating, by Hank Kimmel (Atlanta, GA), directed by Kim Luffman -- Jessica tries to set up liberal Scott on a blind date with a Republican lady friend, chaos ensues;
Swing Voter, by Brian Polak (Los Angeles, CA), directed by Joshua Baggett -- A chronic swing voter who changes his mind constantly on important social issues exasperates his wife, and vice versa;
Waving Flags, by Eric Olson (Rancho Mirage, CA), directed by Aisha Soto -- A young girl throws away a scholarship and confronts her father after learning the truth of her heritage.
Red Vs. Bluewill be performed at the Valencia Community College East Campus Black Box Theatre (701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando) on July24-26 and July 31-August 2, 2008, at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students, seniors, and PRT members.