I don't know why it has taken me so long to join this forum; I've been using the Stageplays site for quite a whille. It's handy to have access to so many scripts without having to know the publisher.
I'm from Michigan, USA. I got my start in theater painting sets and progressed to other areas until I became a director. I know there are folks who would disagree, but I believe the best directors come from a background that includes being familiar with all aspects of producing a show.
I started writing plays 20 years ago, when I was teaching drama for young people. There just wasn't much good material for them; modern kids could care less about little squirrels running around the big oak tree. Sometimes they're more interested in roles they can sink their teeth into than many adults I know. All of my plays have been produced but I never sent any in to attempt publication. I always thought I would save that for the 'serious' works I planned to write.
Then I started covering local theater for the daily newspaper, previewing and reviewing, and I stopped active participation to avoid conflict of interest. It was a great education, seeing every play that came to town or was locally produced, but I stopped my personal writing and the plays are still in my head, even after the freelance assignmments stopped coming. (Budget cutbacks; hard times for print newspapers.)
I thought participating in this forum might get me back to writing. At least I'm back to active participation. A local theater organization recently renovated an old church into a regional theater and I'm drawn to the challenge of keeping the doors open. I'm getting ready to hold auditions for "Bus Stop," which I have decided to stage in modern times because the dialogue actually works without revision and much of the play is more relevant today than it would have been in 1955.
Well, that's probably more than you want to know about me. I'm lonely for peers to communicate with and I guess it shows. Brevity has never been one of my strong points!
Let me officially welcome you after writing you a response to a post on another thread.
You'll find much here to help you get back into writing. Do some of Paddy's one-minute and ten-minute exercises. We're having a Submission Spree beginning next month where we send a script a day out over a period of thirty days. It almost guarantees results.
Join us in our Green Room Salon. Today (Sunday Sept. 10) we are interviewing Kate Betts who went from a TV reality show to a West End production. Here in the states we'd call that Broadway. That's at 3 PM EST.
Do my monthly essays for real prizes. This month it all about vanity and silliness since you are being asked to write an interview with yourself.
There is lots to do here, Jill. So pull up a chair, sip on an umbrella drink and have fun!
By the way, we boast one of the largest (if not the largest) single sites for playwright submission opportunities.