Hello my name is Imelda, I'm from Dublin Ireland, but I'm living in New Hampshire. I've just about had enough of the snow it's driving me crazy as is the CABIN FEVER>
Anyway I'm writing my play a full lenght which is due to appear on "Broadway" when completed. Sorry "OFF BROADWAY" is not for me, in the meantime I can't sit down and write a word. I've tried everything. Yesterday I "WON" a Prop on ebay. paid $159.00 plus $12.00 for it. I thought it would help me as it would sit on my desk whilst I was writing and encourage me. Then I decided I would dress all in black until the play is finished. so I'm wearing my black lace long skirt with black top and all my jewellery. Just to encourage me. The kids think it's great, well they are only five and love dressing up. Any excuse.
So my husband is very encouraging................ sent me this email today
Why did you buy that? You need more writing and less procrastinating
I would love to be the one to kick your ass for you. Any suggestions? I have many. When I find I'm not writing, it's usually because I haven't opened the file yet. As soon as I do...and I read, esp. stuff I want to change, I start going.
This is a good exercise if you aren't getting at it. Take one of your characters, and have them write you a letter about how pissed off they are at being abandoned, and how their very life hangs by a thread because nothing has happened. I made Mozart write me a letter on how this plays wasn't working and how I could improve it.
It was really helpful. Worked for me. There are more things. I'll tell you more good things after you've written five pages.
That's wishful thinking, but I thought when I started that I wouldn't settled for anything less, hence "Broadway" and not "OFF BROADWAY". I have to say your response had me rolling round the floor and really cheered me up no end. Thanks for the lift
Thanks a million for suggestions. I really appreciate it and off to write a letter to me from "Nellie'. My husband had tried to kick my "ARSE" to no avail, but he is really patient and supportive, notice how he didn't really give me the third degree about all that money on my Prop, but was annoyed about me messing about when I should be writing. well I'm off to watch Larry King.
One thing that helps me sometime is to settle on a certain part of dialogue or a situation that I'm sure I want in the play, no matter where it occurs. I do as much as I can with that part (or those parts) and hope it stimulates the juices to continue elsewhere (it may even shed light on the reason you're stumped at the other place).
I stick the new bit away until it comes time to affix it to the main flow, ever ready to edit any changes needed.
I don't know yet, but I have been writing all afternoon, thank you cards for my two 5 year olds who had a birthday a few weeks ago. It took all of two hours, writing, then putting stickers on the cards and envelopes, then getting the two of them to write their names on the cards, now all I have to do are the envelopes. maybe when they go to bed I will see what happens. But I have had time to snoop around the site, it's a fab. site, just love it. Just stumbled on it the other day by accident.
I think Nellie understands I'm a bit busy right now
You could try this. Choose the character you know the least about, and write a kind of journal, from their perspecitve....begining with them waking in the morning, what they have for breakfast, until they go to bed. One day in the life of.... It may help you discover more wonderful things about the character.
Have a character who hates Nellie, or somebody who totally disagrees with her about something, to just confront her about it. Stuart Griffiths, who wrote a famous book about drama over in England, said that playwrights have to be perverse traffic cops: They make the cars run into each other instead of dodge each other. Of course somebody always breaks the rules, and Pinter developed a whole style around people avoiding direct confrontation. I personally prefer direct combat, Hamlet strangling his mother etc.
Didn't I tell you when I came to this website that first day back in January that I have a play that is due on Broadway. Well I wasn't really having you on. Got another call the other day and yes the play is to go on Broadway. Having said that, it's going to a friend of mine who actually lives On Broadway in that famous building called "The Ansonia" He's already written me a little song for it and now that I have the first Act written thanks to you and Paddy and everyone on this site, I'm sending the first Act to him so he can read it.
Again thanks and yes I love you and Paddy and everyone else around here
Well that was a long time ago, January 2008 when I first posted to this website. Between Edd/Paddy and everyone else they got me through it and I was able to finished the play. Only thing was when I got started I could not stop and now the Play is too long and I'm cutting it back which is an awful thing to have to do. It went to Broadway, only because my friend lives on Broadway. he wrote a song for it and the music also. He's a composer, mostly opera, but he did a good job on the little song, which I was delighted with.
I checked out your website, nice job.
So here I am years later. The play is written and right now in Dublin, Ireland. There is a director who is living my play. I hear his life is consumed with it. He has gathered up the actors and yesterday they read it for the first time. We started on the wrong foot, but I'm in love with him now. I've spend the day cutting and cutting. I will send the cuts tonight and the actors will continue reading at home until the 31st March, when they go into rehearsal for four hours for three days. Then their is a stage reading of my play in a Theatre in Dublin on the 3rd April, the public can attend. It's a great little Theatre set in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar. I'm like a zombie right now having spent the day on the play letting go and cutting. It took me a year to "Let Go" but it had to be done.
Now all the people here at Stageplays who helped me along the way
In Media Res
and everyone I forgot (remember I'm zombied right now and I have the right to edit this posting)
A TRILLON THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
So you Playwrights just starting and stumbling upon this website....STICK WITH IT
The people here will get you through it as they did me
Many Many thanks Stageplays
Potabasil ps. I've come back to this link as it was where I started
I'm actually sitting here with tears in my eyes. Imelda, I could not be more happy nor proud to know you. You bring honesty, spontaneity, caring, talent and genuine beauty to this forum. You are love and loved.
Back in the USA from Dublin, Exhausted. 10 days of dashing around. first day two hours sleep, then to church for a Months Mind of a friend who died the month before. Then to pub.
Next day into town (city) to meet the cast. Then to pub with director
Next day in town tearing around to second hand shops buying up a storm. Great craic. Was leaving bags all over Dublin in shops, then collected them all when I had finished. had to get a Taxi to the rehearsal as the bags were too heavy. The director wanted the Rehearsed reading in costume. Some of the female cast could't find this and that, so off I went shopping. Got the clothes for buttons. SAt and watched a little of the rehearsal , then to the pub.
Next day Good Friday the pubs were closed. Dress Rehearsal and straight run. I sat alone in the little Theatre all by myself watching my characters come to life. I was thinking WOW, their they are all before me.
called a friend. NEED APRONS 6.......get the sewing machine out....Ok she said
Next day the BIG DAY.THE READING
Met friend in town picked up aprons (all hand made beautiful) Over to the Theatre, backstage, all buzzing, great craic
Audience arriving. Full house
Some of the friends that came were expecting me to read the Play, others expecting the cast to be sitting in jeans reading it
Everyone got great surprise, some said it was just as if it were a real play. Someone said I should just put it on as it was that day. Some said you wouldn't know they were reading from their scripts, they had gotten so into the play they forgot the cast were reading.
Artistic Director of the Theatre came to me and said well done. I didn't know he was at the reading
Artistic director came again to me, put his arm around my shoulder and said "Well done, it was wonderful, the audience loved it, well well done.
People wanting me to sign pieces of paper or a flier they got hold of.......
Back to pub this time not just me and the director, friends and the full cast. sandwiches and sausages, singing, drinking, singing, drinking. Left the pub at 12 midnight, singing and then falling into the bed.
Then Monday off to Tipperary.
to get to Tipperary you would drive through "The Curragh of Kildare" which runs through my play. I sat in the car and saw the golden furze and my heart skipped a bip, it was so beautiful. It goes on for miles and the green plains were blinding, with scattered bushed of Furze all in flower .
On the way back from Tipperary I took the early morning train and again the train passes The Curragh of Kildare, to see it in the early morning light.breathtaking.
Of course I've seen The Curragh of Kildare hundreds of times before, but this was different, I hadn't written a play with The Curragh in it before.
So then off to posh wedding at the Shelbourne Hotel 220 people. Brides family west of the Shannon, groom's family Co Wicklow. Received a mention in the speeches and got a huge round of applause. My friend , the father of the groom said my Play reading was a huge success over at The New Theatre.
Various dinner parties and other events are a bit blurry.
The Aer Lingus flight that took me back to America was a first across the Atlantic a brand new A330-300.
Last edited on Thu Apr 15th, 2010 06:00 pm by Potabasil