So I have actually written and rewritten (three times) a 10-minute family comedy but now I am left with a problem and a question.
1. How do I come up with a title? I know I want something catchy that will make someone want to know more, but I am lost on this one.
2. Do I actually need a real name for my characters? An actual name is only spoken once, at the very end, and as far as I am concerned those performing it can say what ever they want, it has no relevance to the play.
I can't answer the title question. That's totally up to you.
As a producer, I often have a show with a 5 - 20 plays. I'm not crazy about He, She, Girl 1, Bird A, etc. It looks awful to have a program with - Jenny Motz is playing girl one. When I format my program, because so many playwrights do this, I put the name of the play, the playwright, director, and then list the actors performing the play - just to avoid having all those nothing kind of names.
From an actor's point of view, I think it's a bit dismissive. You may not use the name aloud, but they do, in the process. I just directed a short monologue with no name. The actress created one. It give them a fuller sense of who the character is.
I agree with Paddy, give them a name, why not! As she said, if your play goes anywhere you want people to be able to put a name to a character, even if they don't speak the name themselves in the work. It's easy to forget nothing names such as: Girl1, Girl2, SmallMan1. Also, for me at least, creating the names and the title is one of the most fun, creative parts in 'polishing' a work.
If you need help with a title, I'd love to give suggestions!
I also struggle with titles. I want something that people will remember. Often in titling songs I use the word that is repeated the most within the chorus/the catchiest part of the song, but I am really stuck on titles for plays. Any suggestions? Should I go with the name of the song that stands out the most in the production?
Just wanted to say "Hi" and let you know that I plan to read the entire topic and participate in this dialogue.
I'm writing currently a Jewish musical - it's like history of Jewish people, like "Ugly Duckling" story - mostly happening in the last 100 years. Will use mostly already existing Yiddish and Hebrew hit songs (Hava Nagila, Tumbalalaika etc.) translated/adapted to English plus several Christian Gospel swings.
What is the best way to write an emphasized sentence? If my character always talks in contractions, and now I want a very glaring statement what is the best way to write it? Underline? italics? Period.between.words? Bold? Example: Mom says for the 10th time "Go to bed". I don't want her shouting so is "GO TO BED" ok or is "Go. To. Bed" better?