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Question & Answer > Are theaters who produce 10-minute play festivals only looking for comedic scripts? (7 replies - 840 views)

I read a hundred plays a year trying to find 4 or 5 that we will produce. I have a reasonable list of drama's ...   Thu Aug 31st, 2017 03:28 pm

Question & Answer > Are theaters who produce 10-minute play festivals only looking for comedic scripts? (7 replies - 840 views)

Maybe the reason that theaters are looking for comedies is that they are hard to make work in ten minutes. Our theater has produced a ten ...   Wed Aug 30th, 2017 02:12 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > New member, greeting from Florida (1 reply - 289 views)

Welcome! I think you'll find the group knowledgeable, helpful and supportive. Glad to have you join us. Doug B ...   Tue Aug 8th, 2017 02:21 pm

Question & Answer > Final Draft & electronic submissions (1 reply - 350 views)

Can't help with Final Draft. I'm still back in the WordPerfect days.  I would want just one file to look at. I definitely prefer a ...   Sun Jul 23rd, 2017 02:39 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > Hi from Portland (6 replies - 355 views)

Welcome. I started my theater over 20 years ago and we're still going strong. When I started my theater, my total theatrical experience was a ...   Tue Jul 18th, 2017 03:07 pm

Question & Answer > copyright (4 replies - 377 views)

Hi Dianne, welcome to the forum. IMR is right - no copyright issues. There are a lot of very smart people here so don't be ...   Tue Jul 18th, 2017 02:59 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > New in town (4 replies - 569 views)

Welcome to this forum.  It's a good, supportive place with a lot of very smart and experienced playwrights.  See:  I used it in a sentence. I ...   Sat Jul 1st, 2017 03:02 pm

Question & Answer > Pittsburgh Theatre (9 replies - 1609 views)

Anything come out of the meeting that is worth sharing??? Doug B ...   Tue May 16th, 2017 02:46 pm

Take the Stage > How many hours do you write in say an average week? (2 replies - 3526 views)

My writing comes in fits and spurts. Some weeks (rare) I can write 10,000 words other times I may go weeks before writing again ...   Fri Aug 29th, 2014 02:51 pm

Announcements > DESERT DEVILS in Australia Review (5 replies - 2818 views)

Great!!! I love it when someone I know (even if just on-line) has a success. Tells me I'm traveling in the right circles. Good work Edd. Doug ...   Sat Aug 16th, 2014 03:26 pm

Work-in-Progress > What do I do now? (2 replies - 1830 views)

Wow. You are looking at a BIG job. A formatted play runs about a minute a page. For unformatted plays I use ...   Thu Aug 14th, 2014 02:59 pm

Take the Stage > Terrific Legal Article on Copyright and Fair USe (2 replies - 1746 views)

Well worth the read. I thought I knew about "Fair Use" but the article gave me a more thorough understanding. Thanks!! Doug ...   Tue Jun 10th, 2014 03:25 pm

Question & Answer > business related (3 replies - 3087 views)

Kato is right. There are dozens and dozens of play publishing organizations. That's where I go to look for a play. I ...   Sun Jun 1st, 2014 03:46 pm

Question & Answer > What app do you use? (4 replies - 2800 views)

I have a Galaxy Note smart phone. People laugh at how big it is but it serves as a tablet as well as a ...   Thu Apr 17th, 2014 04:08 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > Hi (2 replies - 1491 views)

Hi. Let me be the first to welcome you to the forum. To answer your question, there are several nearly identical formats for ...   Sat Mar 8th, 2014 04:43 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > Emerging screenwriter and Playwright is here (2 replies - 3039 views)

Welcome!!! Get a good director who has directed several first productions. I've worked with several playwrights on getting their play ready for the stage and ...   Wed Nov 27th, 2013 11:53 am

The Playwrights' Gym - Feedback > In search of a punchline! (14 replies - 8103 views)

I liked Jesse Abram's. Made me laugh out loud. Doug ...   Sun Sep 8th, 2013 11:41 am

Question & Answer > A published play with three characters with specific accents (6 replies - 5448 views)

Look at Marc Camoletti's BOEING, BOEING: A recent farce that takes place in the 1960's that has three flight attendants (one German, one Italian, ...   Thu Apr 11th, 2013 11:12 am

Question & Answer > For Fun: A List of Plays About Theatre (17 replies - 24425 views)

How about Chekhov's "Swan Song" - haven't read it in decades but I think it is about an aging actor. Doug ...   Thu Feb 21st, 2013 11:26 am

Question & Answer > For Fun: A List of Plays About Theatre (17 replies - 24425 views)

Henry and Ellen by Don Nigro. Traces the relationship between Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. A fictionalized biography of the pair. Doug ...   Sat Feb 16th, 2013 12:50 pm

Question & Answer > Sequels... (4 replies - 2699 views)

Bernard Slade, writer of the play and screenplay "Same Time Next Year" wrote a sequel play "Same Time Another Year" that followed the same two ...   Mon Feb 11th, 2013 11:36 am

Question & Answer > 10 min play v. skit (21 replies - 15796 views)

The Actors Theatre of Louisville has published dozens and dozens of professionally produced plays form their long lived ten minute festivals. Here is a ...   Sat Feb 9th, 2013 11:44 am

Take the Stage > Happy New Year (6 replies - 7028 views)

I was truly torn. One part of me wanted to say: "So you're sick. Suck it up and I'll see you tonight" but ...   Sun Jan 13th, 2013 12:11 pm

Take the Stage > Happy New Year (6 replies - 7028 views)

It's a bad flu. It's also very contagious. One of the cast members in the play I'm currently directing came down with it ...   Fri Jan 11th, 2013 11:24 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > An old man, but a new playwright (6 replies - 4093 views)

You're right - I have heard that comment dozens of time. "If I don't like what I'm watching, I'll get to see something different ...   Mon Dec 3rd, 2012 11:36 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > An old man, but a new playwright (6 replies - 4093 views)

Eight years ago our local community theater started a Ten Minute Play festival which has become the biggest show they produce all year long. ...   Thu Nov 29th, 2012 10:32 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > An old man, but a new playwright (6 replies - 4093 views)

Welcome Don, I don't think you are old at all. I beat you by several years. I did just what you did: Started ...   Tue Nov 27th, 2012 10:39 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > Introduction (9 replies - 4014 views)

Welcome, Doug. I live on Orcas Island. Vancouver is one of my favorite cities. Feel free to post your work in progress ...   Sun Nov 18th, 2012 10:40 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > Hello! Let me introduce myself…. (1 reply - 1311 views)

Welcome, Emily. Feel free to share your work with us. You'll get some good feedback. Doug ...   Sun Nov 18th, 2012 10:38 am

Question & Answer > Horror/Thriller/Spies (4 replies - 2899 views)

I have been looking for a real thriller for a long time. Several years ago we did "Wait Until Dark" which had the audience ...   Wed Oct 31st, 2012 11:27 am

Question & Answer > Favorite guides? (6 replies - 2986 views)

I've read most of the books IMR suggests. I have over a dozen books on play writing on my shelf. Some of them ...   Fri Oct 26th, 2012 11:33 am

Please, introduce yourself ... > PDF FILES (11 replies - 4275 views)

WordPerfect has a "Publish to PDF" function that doesn't reformat. Download a trial version. I also use PDF Creator - I don't think ...   Wed Aug 8th, 2012 10:25 am

Question & Answer > does reading scripts for theaters go on your resume? (5 replies - 2751 views)

I would include it. In addition to what has been said above, it also shows that a theater respects your opinion, knowledge of the ...   Tue Jul 17th, 2012 11:20 am

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 2973 views)

I know it has been resurrected and I'll probably attend. We're closing TORSO on the 16th so the timing is great for me. ...   Thu Jul 12th, 2012 10:56 am

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 2973 views)

Just remembered this: Many years ago, when the Seattle Fringe was in full swing, I made a deal with a playwright for a fully staged reading ...   Wed Jul 11th, 2012 11:23 am

Question & Answer > royalties for readings (9 replies - 2973 views)

I've never heard of anyone getting paid for a reading but producers and directors are frequently given an honorarium. maybe you could find some ...   Sat Jul 7th, 2012 10:26 am

Question & Answer > "Beat" vs. "Pause" (28 replies - 43338 views)

I don't have a lot to add to the discussion but I am going to do it anyway. ;-) To me a pause means the ...   Wed Jun 27th, 2012 11:15 am

Question & Answer > I hate writing synopses. Please help! (3 replies - 1922 views)

I'm not very good at this but here goes: Main character: Thee Main character's want: Success and all that goes with it. Main characters name: ...   Mon Jun 25th, 2012 10:35 am

Question & Answer > What makes a good mentor? (7 replies - 4209 views)

Good morning Edd: Inside this fairly old body is the spirit of a 20 year old. I am able to maintain this fraud because I ...   Mon Jun 18th, 2012 10:52 am

Question & Answer > What makes a good mentor? (7 replies - 4209 views)

Good point Edd. I immediately jumped to mentoring new directors because that is one of the roles I have filled for the past several ...   Sat Jun 16th, 2012 05:07 pm

Question & Answer > What makes a good mentor? (7 replies - 4209 views)

I've been a mentor several times. Our ten minute play festival is an incubator for new directors to our theater. Most are brand ...   Sat Jun 16th, 2012 11:59 am

Question & Answer > Using projectors in theatre (4 replies - 10363 views)

There are too many variables, ambient light, throw distance, final picture size, fixed or portable and so on to make a specific recommendation. We ...   Sat Jun 16th, 2012 10:47 am

Question & Answer > A staged reading (7 replies - 7742 views)

When I see the word "staged" that tells me you are looking for a script-in-hand production with blocking and a set. A "reading" is ...   Sun May 20th, 2012 12:46 pm

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 12927 views)

QG: You are exactly right. I've never connected it before but writers of dramatic works are far more difficult to work with. ...   Sun May 20th, 2012 12:26 pm

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 12927 views)

Over the past twelve years, I've directed almost 60 plays. I am coming to the point in my career that I'm having trouble finding ...   Sat May 19th, 2012 11:15 am

Work-in-Progress > How to move forward (4 replies - 3228 views)

A few thoughts from a guy who stopped writing plays for several years after getting several bad critiques on a play: Not having read the critique ...   Tue May 15th, 2012 11:38 am

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 12927 views)

I'm not convinced that my Great Idea or vision of the play isn't closer to what the playwright intended than the other productions I have ...   Sun Apr 29th, 2012 12:56 pm

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 12927 views)

A comment on a slightly different topic: Several days ago, Zamdrist asked if the editor or publisher of a novel could also interpret the ...   Sat Apr 14th, 2012 12:21 pm

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 12927 views)

I'm enjoying this thread too. I live in a retirement community. Until a few years ago, I had no actors available to me under their ...   Sat Apr 14th, 2012 11:53 am

Question & Answer > Some general questions (35 replies - 12927 views)

Over the last 15 years, I've directed over 70 plays so I've had some experience. A couple of years ago, I directed a ten ...   Fri Apr 13th, 2012 12:03 pm


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