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 Posted: Wed Oct 2nd, 2013 01:43 am
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CJayy
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I'm currently working on the plot for a short LGBT romantic musical for a college theatrical competition. It's set in 1920s Hollywood and I'm having trouble coming up with a believable and unpredictable climax for two of the last three scenes of Act Two.

Would someone mind reading what I have and help me with developing a thrilling and meaningful close? My deadline is November 1st. Think "Singin' in the Rain" + "Thoroughly Modern Millie" + Disney on Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" with a gay twist. :)

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 Posted: Fri Oct 4th, 2013 07:12 pm
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I suggest getting a group of actors together and have them read what you've got out loud. Then, you pour the wine and open some beer and ask them what they were thinking from their character's points of view. See where the conversation goes. You might get something to jostle loose for your self.

Your ending needs to be surprising while still being inevitable within to the frame of your story arc. Actors will have some insights into characters that you might not have yet fully realized or explored. It could help crack the nut of your ending.

--kato

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 Posted: Thu Oct 10th, 2013 01:55 pm
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Mana: 
Also - on this topic of putting together a strong ending --

One of the best things I've read is the chapter on Endings in THE ART AND CRAFT OF PLAYWRITING by Jeffrey Hatcher. Actually, I really like his whole book. It's short, easy to read, and loaded with some great advice. It was one of the first several books on playwriting that I read when I got serious about writing better plays.

And, happily enough, the book is available thru Stageplays, the folks who sponsor this site.

It's a win-win.

http://www.stageplays.com/products/the_art_and_craft_of_playwriting

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