I found myself in a parallel universe. I was a playwright with money, a script, but no show. I had 8 weeks to mount my play before my grant expired! Here are 8 tips that got me from casting to curtains.
SHIT AND GET OFF THE POT
I am guilty of agonizing over scene actions and set descriptions. When I get tunnel vision, I shout “Onicia, just finish it. FINISH SHIT!” Theater is a collaborative art. The script will evolve during rehearsals and during the actual performances! So just finish writing your shit and MOVE ON. Strive to write a quality play, but don’t let dreams of awards or perfection cripple you from actually writing. Getting a ‘hit’ is partly a numbers game. So, release some of the pressure by setting the bar low and complete a draft.
SPELL CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK
While your script can be workshopped to death, what can’t be ‘done to death’ is spell check. First impressions is a one-shot deal. Early in my career, I was asked to write a script. I busted out a hot 30-page pilot and they were ready to go straight to shooting. They did not want to spend any time developing my script even when I asked for feedback. My friend Robin advised not to go forward with this opportunity. This was the best advice.
Your story may be in a ‘rough draft’, your document shouldn’t be. Anyone – actor, director, theater – willing to sign-on to a project where the basic proposal is sloppy will give you sloppy work.
Updated: 5/8/15 at 11:09 Am
Thank you to all the wonderfully talented actors who auditioned for this show. I had a great time meeting and reading sides with all of you. Cast decision and final production information will be e-mailed by Friday, May 8 at 8:00 pm.
Production title: Oh Baby
Project length: Short (comedic) play series
Production location: The Side Project (1439 W Jarvis Ave., Chicago, IL 60626)
Director: Spencer Neiman
Producer / Playwright: Onicia Muller
ABOUT THE SHOW
Synopsis: Oh Baby is a 2-night show featuring 4 short (comedic) plays about couples and babies. Stories feature expectant parents, trolling younger brothers, fraudulent baby rental operations, and wacky schemes to innovate parenting norms.
Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
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