Margaret “Maggie” Delamere makes a comfortable living as the popular playwright of the most successful burlettas (because the theatre doesn’t have an official licence, every line of all the plays has to be sung by the actors) at the Imperial theatre. In the past, she’s never had any problems getting new ideas or getting her plays finished on time. Now, with the Imperial’s board of directors and the audience clamouring for the sequel to her most popular play yet, Maggie is suffering from a terrible writer’s block. The board can’t wait too much longer for a new play, and unless […]
by Rebecca Gilman “They did. Because they’re of that type. It’s just a thing that happens to a type. And it woulda kept happenin’ forever.” The Present. Rural deep South. Imagine a triangle, with the points being Murfreesboro, TN; Atlanta, GA; and Birmingham AL. Poverty. Poor education. Nothing to do. Lisa is 15. Her mother is a prostitute and she entertains her clients behind a sheet in the living room of the trailer house where she lives with her kids. Lisa has literally seen it all. She elopes with Clint who she meets when he accompanies a friend to visit […]
by April de Angelis “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” — Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5” Hush is set on a dismal beach a year after Jo has mysteriously disappeared. It is about the effects that the disappearance is having on those she left behind. Or else it’s about socialism and the failure of the left. Or it’s about failure to communicate. Rosa, Jo’s indifferent/depressed 15-year-old daughter, has […]
by Samuel Beckett I read a lot of scripts for my job. It’s time for season selection/design, so it’s time to read scripts. It’s been cutting into my CBR review time. And then I realized: I’m still reading stories. Here’s one of those stories. “Well? Shall we go?” Act I Two men, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo), meet by a leafless tree near an empty road. They have a conversation that reveals they are waiting there for a man named Godot. They’re uncertain if they’ve ever met Godot, if they’re waiting in the right place, if this is the right […]
I used this book to help me write my first ten minute play and found it immensely helpful. Garrison is easy to read and approachable, even for theatre newbies like myself. Read the full review here.