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 Posted: Wed Jan 4th, 2012 03:10 am
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Michael --

Those are all good questions, and I don't have answers for all of them. But here are the answers I do have:

2) What's important is that the story is well told and the audience is interested. Usually second acts are shorter than first acts, but that's not always true. Make sure you are telling your story, and then watch the audience at the readings. If they're engaged, your play isn't too long.

3) What is your question about blank verse?

4) Give a few notes about staging, and let the designers and director worry about the rest, especially how much it will cost. Being clear that a play can be staged simply is always a good idea, especially these days when theaters are struggling. They will always spend more money if they have it. ;)

5) Directors are famous for saying that the first thing they do is cross out all of the stage directions. So you may not need to worry. One teacher of mine said that if a bit of action is important, put something in the dialog that makes that action essential.

6) You can always put notes in for the actors. Again, they may ignore them, but usually they like to know the playwright's intent.