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 Posted: Sun Aug 3rd, 2014 11:43 pm
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I saw vagina monologues, but what about a one night stand with a guy that had HIV?

it's part of a play about a woman having a car crash and her life flashing before her.

She obsesses about death a lot and talks about Reiki.

I guess i need to think about story arc etc a bit more but is this the basis of an idea?

Some bits are good some bits are bad and it's not finished.


Don't know about deleting huge sections yet and i'm embarrassed to show it to anyone, including my mentor, who is very used to me by now.

I might call it "an expert on death"

Think i can get a 30 minute one act around these ideas and whatever else comes up in the next year or so etc!

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Yes, but be careful of the "derivative."

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Derivative, as in copy of something?

No this is totally my own. I've forgotten everything about Vagina Monologues.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 4th, 2014 01:48 am
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Mana: 
My step-daughter saw "VM" as a freshman in college and loved it. I have never seen it.

Any idea for a play is good. Your job is to make it come to fruition.

You write:

"it's part of a play about a woman having a car crash and her life flashing before her.

She obsesses about death a lot and talks about Reiki.

I guess i need to think about story arc etc a bit more but is this the basis of an idea?

Some bits are good some bits are bad and it's not finished.


Don't know about deleting huge sections yet and i'm embarrassed to show it to anyone, including my mentor, who is very used to me by now."

Weeeeellllll...I'd say this is about the normal for any play that has ever been written!!!! So you are in good company!

So, here are some things off the top of my head. I can not even call them "suggestions." So take them for what they are worth and with a skeptical eye.

If her life is flashing before her, does she do it in sequential time, random time, degree of importance, swift dreamscape of all the above flitting through her brain piecemeal put together in bits and scraps and then having them come together at the end? Or never coming together at the end? Does she die and things go to black or does she die and a spirit lives on after the blackout and keeps talking and wondering and then fading into nothingness or have an abrupt STOP? Or does she continue to talk after the blackness and we know things keep on going even after the play "ENDS." There are a million ways to go at this stage, but these are just swift thoughts I have.

Don't know much about REIKI, but I have received treatments over the years from other methodologies - Eastern and Western - and all have been beneficial. But I have never made any of them a focal point of my life. WHY does she talk about REiKI?

I really like the idea. And hope some of this spurs some thinking.

Keep us posted.

Welcome to the Forum

Best,

IMR

P. S. Never be embarrassed to show your work to anyone. Just be sure to listen with an open mind, take notes so you can remember what you talked about, and know when you are listening to honest suggestions or total bullshit.

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I meant derivative as in summing up ideas we already heard. HIV is the subject of uncountable plays. Do you have something to say we haven't heard before? That is what I meant in this regard. As for obsessing about death: I will be 70 in October and I think about death all the time. But I'm a bit world-weary and look at death as a new adventure. All to say that we all look at death differently and sometimes differently at different times. Just something to think about. I do not give advice. I have enough trouble not listening to my own.

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yeah - i guess nothing that uncountable plays won't have covered...

I cut that bit.

It's very short.
I guess that can be turned into a positive. I think the 'share your work' might be the place for this now.

I've gone back to it a few times, but i'm not sure if it's tacking off

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