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 Posted: Thu Aug 27th, 2009 12:36 am
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So I'm new to playwriting, and I like history -- right now I have a full-length play set in ancient Greece and a one-act set in 1914 Paris. A playwriting teacher of mine urged me to write plays set in the modern era, but I just can't bring myself to do it. It's not as interesting to me. My question is -- are historical plays generally harder to get produced? Does anyone happen to know of any theaters or contests that cater to this kind of thing? I've sent both plays out to a couple of places and haven't heard back yet.

Thanks!

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 Posted: Fri Sep 4th, 2009 06:36 pm
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Merope: I think historical plays have a place in modern theatre. One of our local theatres recently produced Joan of Arc. Superb! We are currently reading plays set in WWII.

Follow your heart. Do what you love.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 6th, 2009 05:40 am
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I do believe that most theatres have a built in bias against historical plays at the moment, so your teacher's advice was probably wise. Most theatres seem to be looking for contemporary and relevant plays (although history is always relevant imo) and even historical plays which are staged are mainly only those which are parallels with modern events.
It may be unfair, but that's the way it appears to me at present.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 30th, 2009 02:35 pm
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 Posted: Thu Nov 26th, 2009 04:01 pm
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It seems this thread has been a self fulfilling prophecy for me. I finished a play set during the English reformation a few months ago and sent it off. Since then I've had it back from two theatres unread. The first theatre returned it after less than a month and made no bones about not reading it. This used to be one of London's most friendly venues for Playwrights which would always provide a useful reader's report with a rejection. The other place returned it after less than 2 months (I know from experience that theatres will not usually read unsolicited scripts for at least 3 months). There was no indication it had been read.
Perhaps it is a sign of the economic realities of the time, but I think that any writer's work should at least be read. It is hard to take that the time and trouble you have had writing something results only in an immediate out of hand rejection.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2009 01:45 pm
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It's your story.  Write what you feel, not what a teacher thinks you should write.

I think, more than economic signs of the times, are the ease in which short plays are produced and the difficulty in getting full length plays done.

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