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 Posted: Sun Aug 6th, 2017 01:02 am
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Almost all of the 10-minute play festival notices I've come across, seem to only be interested in comedic scripts from playwrights. Some even claim they are looking for diversity.

(It seems to be the opposite for full-length plays, but I haven't written a full-length play, yet; I'd like to gain experience writing small ones, first.)

As a new, unproduced playwright, I find it discouraging and puzzling because I thought theater was supposed to be not only about fun escapism for audiences, but also about teaching them about others' diverse experiences, some of which aren't fun and happy.

I understand that theaters probably produce comedic plays more than serious ones because that's what sells tickets and what audiences want, but I wish theaters would understand that not all playwrights are able to write comedic plays, due to our diverse childhood/upbringing, where we went through serious life circumstances that forced us to grow up earlier than our peers and were expected to be serious and act like adults and not children.

I've tried writing comedic scenes or dialogue in my short plays, similar to what I've heard from others' produced plays, but it feels wrong for me, like I'm trying to pander to the audience for laughs, and I end up removing those things.

I'm just not naturally a comedic person. I've always been more interested in serious, social issues because those topics and the people who go through them, seem to be ignored/aren't discussed in society and don't have a voice.

It's puzzling and disheartening to write a short play about a current, serious issue that's in the news, that I haven't seen a play written about, yet to have no theaters interested in it (they choose to produce another play about a heterosexual couple, either dating or divorcing.)

If theaters aren't interested in serious, social, short plays, I'd like to know so that I could stop wasting my time or fooling myself into believing or hoping that, one day, a theater might produce my plays. I'm left wondering what other, unspoken biases that might theaters have, like, do they only want to produce playwrights who've earned a degree? Some of us without degrees are serious about playwriting.

No, I can't produce my plays, myself; some of us are second-generation Americans who don't have money. No, I don't have any local friends or know any theater people.

The local theaters only produce comedic plays about Southerners/musicals; my plays are about LGBTQIA+ issues, which wouldn't be extremely popular with local audiences. (which is why I'm frustrated by theaters in other parts of the country who ask for submissions only from their local regional playwrights; some of us playwrights in the south or the Midwest don't have a lot of theaters or opportunities that Northeastern (i.e. NYC playwrights or California playwrights have.)

Last edited on Sun Aug 6th, 2017 01:12 am by noviceplaywright