Hi, I am a self-published novelist, poet, children's writer, writer of novelettes, and visual artist, but I have never tried writing plays before. I had an idea that I wanted a playwright to do... and I have been searching desperately for the right one. My idea, to give it away already, is to write a play in which all the characters kill themselves at the end. It is better than Romeo and Juliet, in which only two characters kill themselves. It is better than Antigone, in which only three characters kill themselves. I might like to try writing a play in the future, but I had really wanted someone else to do this one. That is why I called myself, "Appreciative Muse." And by the way, I am female, 37, unmarried, and lonely... so if any of you know any single men, wink wink, then send them my way.
Don't be lonely. You can get lots of literary feedback here. Post something. Write a five to ten page play with a beginning, middle, and end. It's not easy, but you'll get a lot of satisfaction.Then post it here. Don't kill your characters unless your characters lead you to that end, and it's not the writer taking them to that end. They must not be led. Let them have their way. Let them show you things you hadn't thought of at the outset. If they, in the course of their 90 minutes or so, come to that conclusion, then so be it. The better challenge is to show your audience a way that your characters can overcome the obstacles that caused their death. Keep in mind that with all writing designed to be read or performed, should come to a resolve. As a man whose mother committed suicide at eleven, I know the pain of it. It's the selfish act of one who does not want to deal with their reality; who does not want to overcome the obstacles thrown at them. The writer must give the audience a payoff that they can take home with them and think about. (I'm strictly talking about Drama here.) Give your audience something better. This, of course, is strictly the opinion of a 75 year old optimist. However, I know Theatre and I know that in one way or another the playwright must raise the consciousness of their audience, or make them laugh. ALWAYS think about your audience, and, above all else, don't spoon-feed your personal agenda on your characters or on your audience. They'll hate you for it, Your characters will ring false and it will all end with a bunch of wasted words...and wasted precious time. So, a playwright deals with the most difficult form of writing. Theatre, in my opinion is Queen of the Arts. (Philosophy the King). All that said, is said to those who seriously have a passion for the form. I welcome you to the Playwrights' Forum. If you want honest and sincere support, you've come the the right place. BTW, I do have a play that ends in the suicide of the central characters. It can work, but you better know the form, yourself, and what you're doing, to make it work. Think about my ramblings, and that's all this is, but know that you cannot want to be a playwright, you must approach it with passion. Post something here, and let's begin a great journey. My best to you and to your success, Edd
P.S. I see that this comes years after your initial post. I hope it comes to your attention, or to the attention of those, or only one, who might benefit from my rambling. Oh, also, I believe that Shakespeare was as much a psychologist as he was a playwright.
What a scary/cool play idea!
If I may poke at it...
I'd have it contain some lesson, like how one seemingly insignificant girl does it, causing a pillar of a community to privately follow suit, but before doing so, pays his guilt forward, etc. like the evil butterfly effect.
Anti-suicide concept... handle with care. I wouldn't want to accidentally encourage a copy cat situation.
Don't let the audience get the wrong message. Make sure they are certain to be unable to closely relate, in case of a trigger... at least that's me.
Boy, I hope I didn't overstep.
Thanks for sharing your play idea. You sound like an interesting writer. I'm 38, so practically your age. But I went and had 10 kids with my last 20 years. I'm so grateful for my odd life experience. I bet your unique life shaped your writing, too.