Green Room FB and Twitter Header

How Plays are Written

The Laughing String 5x8 ebook cover 6282020 resized

 

This is how my plays are written.

I was feeling pretty down today and not at all like writing but I opened the laptop and looked at some of my works in progress. I usually have three or four things working, so I don’t get bored with any one in particular.

I happened to open a one-act play I have been working on, thinking I would just see how far I had gotten the last time. I read the last line I had written and thought of a line in response. Then I thought, well, I better write that one down at least, or I will forget it. So I wrote it down. Then I thought of a response to that line, and I thought, well, I better write that down at least, or I will forget it. Ten pages, later I finally couldn’t think of a response, so I stopped.

This is the kind of in-depth planning characteristic of my work.

177 Hits
2 Comments

As I Like It

"And therefore sit you down in gentleness 
And take upon command what help we have
That to your wanting may be minister'd."

As You Like It

 

Almost 25 years ago, I adapted and directed a production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. It became one of my most fulfilling and enjoyable theater experiences. Thank you to ASGT and the wonderful and talented cast, crew, and production staff who joined this journey to the forest of Arden.

I recently came across my notes for the script. It brought back so many great memories that I decided to publish this adaptation. 

As You Like It is in the public domain of course. This adaptation, set entirely in the forest of Arden and compressed from five acts to two, may be presented on the stage royalty-free (including the set design, prologue, and stage directions).

 

Website Image 4172022

 

 

 

 

2724 Hits
1 Comment

The Human Face Of A Conflict: Selim Selim

A couple of years ago in London, I saw the play  #aiww The Arrest of Ai Weiweiby, by Howard Brenton, at the Hampstead Theatre.

The play is about the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who was arrested by the Chinese authorities at Beijing airport on April 3rd, 2011 as he was about to board a flight to Taipei. Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in detention without trial. He was accused of being a subversive, a conman and a pervert, who “could damage state security.”

Edward Hall the artistic director of Hampstead Theatre explains his choice of this special topic in the program notes: ”We had been looking for a play about China since starting in Hampstead and knew that it was a subject that Howard Brenton was keen to explore. The rise of China is clearly one of the most important developments of modern times but it has hardly been discussed.”

The arrest and the disappearance, without trial, of the artist reveals a lot about  oppression in China today, and potentially could have brought about an exciting and critical play about its development. 

Please keep reading in the Times of Israel

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-human-face-of-a-conflict-selim-selim/

1601 Hits
0 Comments

Hedda and Hamlet

Historically, playwrights are too often judged by the complexity of their characters, not the excellence of their plays. But this is a literary judgment, not a dramatic one. 

3036 Hits
5 Comments

Latest Blogs

As an expatriate Irishman now based in London who has lived out of Ireland since 1979, I have been back many times over the years but a trip completed...
This is the reimagined true story of one community's struggle to bring New Jerusalem out of the clouds during a quarter of a millennium of radical cha...
    Artist unknown   All-presuming is the nightand thin the treaty with the lightA fitting canvas for the deedsof those whose wit...
  This is how my plays are written. I was feeling pretty down today and not at all like writing but I opened the laptop and looked at some of my...

Latest Comments

gr8word Cervantes, Rimbaud, Chekhov, Yeats
25 November 2022
Excellent news! We hope there's a touch of correlation with the causation :-) That's what we're here...
Stephen Evans Cervantes, Rimbaud, Chekhov, Yeats
23 November 2022
It's interesting that I posted this in this 2014. That year I wrote two and a half books (Let Me Cou...
Nicholas Mackey A quick pic from my place of birth
20 November 2022
Ken: Thank you for your comment and I hope your 3-week trip to Ireland you have described was a good...
Ken Hartke A quick pic from my place of birth
18 November 2022
Nicholas -- Thank you for the trip (so far). I long to go back as our stay was truncated by the pand...
Nicholas Mackey A quick pic from my place of birth
16 November 2022
I am touched that something I wrote six years ago has prompted comment towards the end of 2022 - man...