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The production company I'm the Artistic Director of has just been commissioned to create some short scenes to blend with an international theatre festival.  Some of them I'll be writing to 'extend' the play the audience has just seen, and I'll be looking for very short pieces that would be performed on the street, getting the audience to the feed back after show party bar.

So, lets find some 45 second plays here, by writing and honing them.  Write....rewrite.  Try for pieces that aren't skits....really big/small challenge.

Post what you’ve written under a "New Topic” in playwright's gym, so each person has their own thread.

The ones we end up using will be paid royalties....nothing that'll pay off your house...

Paddy

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Paddy, I forgot to say that if you like these characters I can write 45-second plays for them to lead the audience from one venue to the next.

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For some reasom I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around this...

Are these "happenings," easily confused for real life, or are they short pieces that people will gather around to watch? Or both? he he he...

...you see why I'm confused...

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I like both.  We once had an audience stop to watch two police officers arrest a man.  After a bit, the police officers were getting a bit rough.  They looked to the two warehouse guys who were leading them around, but who had been given the go with the flow law.  They raised their eyebrows (is this a play), the guys shook their heads.  The audience skulked away.

One play we did.

Mannequin in the window.  Audience outside.

A woman sensuously changing the 'lady's top sees the people.

Frowns.

Tries to cover the breasts.

Gets the top on.  Grabs purse.  Opens door.

"Freaks!"

Stomps down the street.

That was maybe 2.5 minutes.

Maybe Mary Alice will post her shor one here.

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For some reason, I can't post a new topic--the ghost in the machine forbids me. But how about if you have a homeless-looking person with a tin cup, right, but he/she is taking coins out of the cup and handing them to people?

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I love it!

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Post them, people, but send them to me to...

submissions @ flushink.net

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That's wonderful, Alan!

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Here is the infamous short!

 Revisited:  A Play In One Scene]

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Mary Alice Mark]

copyright © Mary Alice Mark 2007

  Cast of Characters:]
 
OLD SAINT:  a very wealthy man, with history. 
 
HAG:  a woman of no importance, with history.
 
SETTING:  The back lawn of an old and elegant estate.  We see only a “state of the fashion” lawn chair and a tree.  It is a cloudy day as we see by the changes in LIGHTING.
 
AT RISE:   OLD SAINT, private parts covered with a towel, sunbathes in an elegant lawn chair. Fully in the throes of expensive ennui, HE responds to the changing LIGHT.  AS the LIGHTS come up, HAG is revealed sitting in the tree.  They search each other for possible responses, from history.  WHEN HAG is fully revealed, SHE speaks.
 
HAG:  Once upon a time, a dapper, elegant, charming, well-dressed, young man about town stopped at an small cart outside of a fancy theatre to buy a Venetian Ice for a barefoot, stinky, sweaty, street urchin. . . (Directly to OLD SAINT) Thank you.

OLD SAINT:  You are welcome.
 
HAG (Resuming her story.):  Then he joined his friends and went on his way.  . . . For that one, apparently unguarded, act I will always love him.

THE END

It is here as wonderfully directed by Paddy in Asphalt Jungle Shorts III (It goes by quickly!)

http://www.flushink.net/tourIII.html


Thank you, Paddy!


Mary Alice

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That reminds me of a moment in "Memoirs of a Geisha"... doesn't that happen in the movie??? Just curious...

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I am collecting these and beginning to get shows organized.

I'll take submissions for a couple more weeks.

Send them to submissions@flushink.net with all the contact info you would send with one of your other plays.

 

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does anyone know of a "market newsletter, or something like it?

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Paddy,

Are you still looking for pieces

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Actually...could still use a couple more.

 

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Paddy,

 

I posted a thirty second piece of history in the feedback section

 

tell me what you think.

 

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Paddy wrote: The production company I'm the Artistic Director of has just been commissioned to create some short scenes to blend with an international theatre festival.  Some of them I'll be writing to 'extend' the play the audience has just seen, and I'll be looking for very short pieces that would be performed on the street, getting the audience to the feed back after show party bar.

So, lets find some 45 second plays here, by writing and honing them.  Write....rewrite.  Try for pieces that aren't skits....really big/small challenge.

Post what you’ve written under a "New Topic” in playwright's gym, so each person has their own thread.

The ones we end up using will be paid royalties....nothing that'll pay off your house...

Paddy

Well, if you use Kal Bashir's method then this should be quite easy. You start with a weakness, go someplace (New World), are forced to overcome the obstacle and win.



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