I'm right there with you. I have been doing all the same things you are, and it seems like I'm not what they are looking for.
I agree with Kato, and need to take her advice myself.
I see you are in Illinois. I am originally from the Quad Cities and I know some theatre peeps there if you want a hand with that. I don't live there anymore, but I do know some people. Hit me up.
Otherwise, just keep doing what I do--eventually I will take Kato's advice, and after that, I will just keep submitting, writing and doing. That's all you can do, and eventually, someone will take notice.
Find an art gallery, or a church basement, or some other free space and put together an evening of your easy to produce shorts. While you're at it, include two or three friend's work in your evening as well. It can be as simple as a reading with actors at music stands. Have a little wine and cheese for afterwards. You will have another notch on your resume, you will have met some local actors, you will have helped out other playwrights, you will have heard your work out loud.
Not to cry or whine, but I'm getting discouraged and maybe my friendly neighborhood Forum members can shine some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
I've been writing for awhile. I've even had some things done in front of audiences, but lately I've hit a wall.
Not with the writing, I churn things out pretty regularly and go back and clean and edit, just like you're supposed to do. It's with having things noticed or picked or chosen, or whatever, from all the submissions that I make. I'm averaging at least five or six mailings out a month to whoever is calling for them. I'm writing things specifically for chosen contests and doing research on the others matching the "right" play to the "right" producer. All to no avail. It's been a long year with no interest.
I haven't changed styles, I haven't changed my voice. It seems like I'm not what anybody, and I mean anybody, is looking for.
I understand the economy is in the crapper , but that's what confuses me even more. The stuff I right is simple to produce , with small casts and little or no technical requirements. I'm flummoxed.
Help a guy out will 'ya?
I need some inspiration, I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder, or maybe all I need is a good swift kick in the pants.
Thanks for listening, and even more for any advice.