1 M 1 DOVE - a dove returns from his travels and brings back gifts for his friend.
I took a break from this project because I wasn't happy with how it had been going. I didn't feel like I was actually challenging myself and somehow started worrying about the produce-abililty of each piece - which is not the point of this project. So after throwing all of that out the window, I feel better about this piece.
2M 2W - Part Two of CONSCIOUSLY DISPOSSESSED. Bruce has been shot, Kumiko is tied up in the center of the room, Robin doesn't know what to do, and Serena is itching to pull the trigger. As tensions rise, how do people find common ground and compassion? The second part of a three-part series.
2 M 2 W - After a zombie apocalypse has laid waste to society as we know it, four people struggle with their new lives and what it is that separates them from the mindless creatures outside the bolted and braced door. In a world of chaos where all previous definitions have been thrown out the window, what does it mean to be...human? A three part series.
2 M - Two men find themselves in an unknown afterlife. Together, they uncover what brought each of them to this very special place that seems to reflect back to them each their true nature. Written as a response to the June 2016 Orlando Shooting.
I originally set out to write a play about spies but it wouldn't come out on the page, so instead I wrote about what has been going through my mind today. This has been a relentless week. But I have hope that we can come together and heal. Compassion, understanding, and education will help us as a society. Hate only gives us endless rock upon which to sit.
1 M 1W - Marriage can be tough for even the most loving couples. Maria and Pedro have reached the end of their rope, although you'd never know it to talk to them. Dishes fly and glasses are smashed in this experiment in "expensive absurdism".
Oh how much I would love to see this play happen - especially in some sort of ten-minute play festival - and how incredibly expensive it would be to produce. *sigh*
2 M 2 W - Inspired by real life events in Syria, as perpetrated by ISIS, four statues from pre-Islamic Syria fight to stay complete, both physically and spiritually. This is a story of keeping true to yourself in a world that has lost itself.
On a day of remembrance I just happened to write a play about remembering history and the importance of memorialization and art. It wasn't on purpose but a happy accident. Currently ISIS has destroyed several infinitely important works in Palmyra, Syria and elsewhere. As we lose out history so too do we lose what defines us as a culture and as people. Maybe one of these weeks I'll also write a comedy. Who knows.
2 M 2 Lamps - Playing off of the classic trope that many poorly drawn female characters could be replaced with a sexy lamp, meet two men, whose girlfriends are that special, quiet type of...girl?
This week was a bit of a cheat. I took a play I'd already written called THE LAMP PLAY and revised it. The idea is that, in many contemporary films and plays, the supporting roles women are shunted off to could easily be filled by a sexy lamp (whatever a sexy lamp looks like...).
2 Frogs - Two friends sit and contemplate the meaning of life, death, and existentialism. But has one of them perhaps overstayed their welcome?
This has been a rough week. Probably something to do with the 20 straight days of rain. In an attempt to cheer myself up, I went to the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC and thought about the ephemerality of life. I've always been a bit - and by a bit I mean completely terrified - of death. So to sit with other people and contemplate the idea that eventually everyone in that room would die was both suffocating and freeing. So I started to really think about what the inevitability of death meant on a larger cosmic scale. With frogs.
2 M - Walter ends up in an interrogation room for reasons he can't understand with only the mysterious Mr. Davis to talk to. Political allegiances and romantic entanglements are challenged and tested in this quickly developing ten-minute foray.
This is not really a ten-minute. I think what it probably is is the first scene from a full-length play. Everything develops very quickly because of the short format and the idea of Mr. Davis is not very fleshed out in terms of who he is outside of his relationship to Walter. But there's something to this. The idea of it came to me in an actual dream, because apparently my dreams are becoming very practical. Pro: play ideas in sleep! Con: apparently I'm literally #alwaysworking
2W - Marianne and Sarah are lovers...well, were lovers. As they tell their stories, the ghosts of love and longing are mixed in equal measure.
I'm proud of this one. I experimented with both layout and script musicality. Obviously this is a difficult thing without hearing it out loud. I'm also noticing that all of these plays so far are about death. So there's that...
An experiment for myself to write a 10 minute play, every week, for twelve weeks.