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Why Write a Play By William Wouds

While authors and poets may be pleased to see their name in print, there is nothing quite like the thrill of listening to a live audience cheering and clapping in response to a playwright’s carefully crafted words.

For centuries, theatergoers have been enthralled by the magic of the theatre. Perhaps because a live audience creates a special sense of intimacy and immediacy, not just with the cast onstage, but with the whole crew.

For the writer, there is a wonderful sense of achievement and power – that power being the ability to unleash the emotions of the audience and create a unique experience.

It’s also the reward for a long, hard road well traveled. Writing a play is not an easy task, but the rewards are so worth it! Writers who choose this field need plenty of patience and persistence.

First, the author must write, rewrite, then rewrite again, to the point where frustration almost, but not quite, overwhelms the desire to bring your play to life. Once the play is crafted, so begins the rounds of pitching it to producers and theaters in the hope someone else will share the dream.

Getting someone to accept your play today can be particularly challenging as many theaters rely on workshops and readings to gauge the potential success of a play before committing to a full production.

The good news for writers is that shorter plays are now very popular, In particular, 10 minute plays with a beginning, middle and end are in demand. These are usually no more than 10 pages long and involve only one scene.

Similarly, playwright’s one act plays are a great outlet for playwrights. While there is no real time limit on these, the general consensus is that a one act play is one that isn’t regarded as long enough to occupy a full night out.

Playwrights typically aim for a 30 minute production, which is a good length for high school productions in particular. A small play like this is also a challenge any serious writer will relish.

It challenges the writer to focus the play on one issue, tell the story completely, and seek a reaction from the audience – all within a short period of time.

Similarly, a person writing for musicals faces the challenge of producing a script that runs for anything up to 3 hours, although the most acceptable time is about half that. The musical writer faces the added challenge of having their story told to music, thus leaving the delivery of their words open to much interpretation.

The true gift of the playwright is being able to put words into another person’s mouth and watching as the actor interprets your work and brings it to life. Other medium may tell a story, but only the theater can produce the spontaneity of live theatre and challenge the emotions of every person in that theater.

From high-budget Broadway productions to small-town summer theater, exciting things happen when you get involved with theater of any sort. Visit http://stageaffair.com to learn more about writing for and about theater, and to sign up to receive your free Ebook, “Playmaking: How to Write a Script“.



About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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