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 Posted: Mon Feb 4th, 2008 11:11 pm
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in media res

 

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This is just a quick rearrangement of your letter.



Dear so and so:

Can a disillusioned patriot, a band of ragtag moral deviants, and a blind sharpshooter named Melvin save the country before it implodes?
Part Cyberpunk Macbeth, part multi-media fable, PATRIOS is a futuristic play about what happens when a country is desperate and on the brink of the brink...but of what, they don't know!

PATRIOS was produced by Amarillo College in Amarillo Texas and was entered into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for which it received an award for playwriting. (NAME THE AWARD?)

PATRIOS was produced by Amarillo College in Amarillo TX and was entered into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for which it received an award for playwriting.

I have been writing for the stage for over a decade and am a member of the Dramatists Guild. I have written commissioned works for Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem PA and for Viriginia Opera in Norfolk VA, as well as having productions mounted of my shows at various venues throughout the US. As a playwright my intention is to provide appealing and provocative entertainment that the young adult audience would be excited to see.

Attached you will find the script (OR FIRST TEN OR FIFTEEN PAGES) as well as the character breakdown, and title page. I hope you find what you read intriguing and I look forward to hearing from you.


Yours truly,

Sirc Michaels


SOME GENERAL NOTES.

I think you put in too much. Let them wonder. I would find the less said more intriguing. Never introduce yourself at the top. You sign the letter below in the Closing.

(Never say satire - American Theatres do not understand satire. They hardly understand politics or economics. They think satire is Saturday Night Live.)

THIS BELOW NOT NEEDED. LET YOUR 10 PAGE OR 15 PAGE DIALOGUE SAMPLE DO ITS JOB. AND I WOULD NEVER USE THE WORDS HOMELAND OR MORALITY IN THE TITLE OF THE GOVERNMENT. MAKE UP YOUR OWN NAMES FOR THEM. THOSE WORDS ARE LOADED UP ALREADY WITH TOO MUCH BAGGAGE. MAKE YOU NAMES MORE INTRIGUING!
The Dictator of America is holding conversations with God (well, sort of). The Homeland Morality Force is performing summary executions for crimes as heinous as public vulgarity and premarital intercourse. The country is about to be wiped out by a deadly virus.

, and part political satire, farce that explores themes of patriotism vs. blind obedience, religion's role in modern society, and what the difference is between terrorism and freedom fighting. At its core the play is an examination - albeit a tongue in cheek one - of America during the aftermath of September 11th.

THIS SOUNDS SMARMY AND STUPID.
while still offering something more provocative than simply tap-dance routines or men in tights spouting misunderstood dialogue.

Also, don't mention you are a director or any of the other stuff. You are writing about playwriting. Don't confuse them. They will get confused. They have directors. American theatre is sadly very compartmentalized.

i have no idea if this will help. Just my two cents.

best,

in media res