Firstly, I congratulate in media res for assuming some of the moderator duties. You would be hard-pressed to find a clearer, focused, and more insightful mind than his. In fact, he is responsible for helping me with one of my plays. It's a much better play because of him. And Paddy has also helped me with my work. Many of my plays began as exercises for one of Paddy's workshops. Aside from my loving and admiring in media res and Paddy, you all really need to know that you have 2 professionals helping steer you toward productions.
That said, when I pop-in from time to time, usually if I hear about playwrights being abused or disrespected by producers, publishers, etc. I become the Forum's attack dog--after all these years I have learned how to get results in favor of the playwright and some of the things I do in this regard are not always nice--anyway, what I see here is a lack of "playwrights" taking advantage of the free professional help, nurturing and respectful atmosphere that The Forum has to offer. Some know it all and that's too bad, but for those who don't and are genuinely interested in learning and perfecting their craft, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. Use it! Take advantage of what can set you on the road to success. My road has been a bare Earth trail through the woods -- I do not think that is a bad thing. When I became a member here 20 or so years ago I had done little to distinguish myself as a Playwright. YOU ARE NOT A PLAYWRIGHT UNTIL YOU HAVE WRITTEN A PLAY. YOU ARE NOT A WRITER UNLESS YOU ARE WRITING. PERIOD. I owe much of my meager success to Paul, Paddy, in media res and other very smart people who frequent The Forum.
Leave a few minutes of your work and it will be read. More than a few minutes of play will NOT be read very widely. That's simply a fact. Show me some action in The Forum. Let me know that you are serious about playwriting and that you have some degree and passion for our craft and I'll reinstate our Contest which offers real prizes delivered to your door, plus the joy of having untold hundreds reading your work. And that's what it is all about.
Would you like to hear directly from professional playwrights, theatre owners and producers? I could get them to our Greenroom for Q&A. There needs to be considerably more action before that happens.
Start asking questions, showing us SHORT pieces of your work. Do some work in Paddy's exercises section. Take initiative and you will be rewarded and grateful for having found The Forum.
I came here today to tell you what I've been up to, but I seem to have gotten myself rerouted.
I love Serious, Passionate Playwrights. Be one! There will be more than a few here who will gladly encourage or, perhaps, inspire you. We ALL need that.
It has been a month since I've put pen to figurative paper. I have one new play in the works and a couple excerpts out here on the forum in the Critique section. I plan to get back into it once my semester starts! I promise.