That’s right y’all, it’s here! The first assignment in our second year of playwriting knock-em-out quick fire brawl! The PlayOffs ask you to think fast and writer faster, and this year will be no exception!
There are three basic rules for every round. They are:
1. All original all the time. No rewrites, re-works, re-mixes, polishing, dusting, etc of former pieces.
2. Your sample must be in by 11:59:59pm MST on the day of your deadline. If the clock strikes midnight and we haven’t received your piece, no glass slipper for you!
3. Don’t be lame. Creative, original, and flawed will beat beautifully crafted but boring.
Aside from that, fulfil the requirements of the challenge, and you should live to see another week of competition!
WEEK ONE – SHOW OFF
DUE: END OF DAY – TUESDAY, JULY 29TH
Before there was dialogue, there was monologue. So let’s start at the basics…
This week is a monologue challenge, with one simple prompt:
“I’ve got something to show you”
Tension, subtext, and intrigue. What’s he got in his hand? what does her letter say? you put your what in a box?!
Write a monologue and include the phrase, “I’ve got something to show you”. You’ll be assigned an actor to write for (to clarify gender and age range), but besides that, you’re wide open. Just make sure it’s no longer than 800 words–this a monologue, not a short story.
Maybe more important than the phrase is the sentiment. Can you create tension and antici…..(say it!) pation? Can “something” mean more than just “something”? Can you leave a trail for the actor that gives them depth and richness to explore, makes them want to show us that something? We’re looking for a clear who/what/where/why/how, but more than that, make us want to see that something!
In performance, your actor will have a chair or stool, a music stand, and you may specify ONE prop, to help the audience see what you see. We’ll take a vote for an audience favorite and that person will have immunity from elimination. For the remaining 12, we’ll be saying goodbye to three of you. A quarter of you won’t make it to the next round, so don’t be caught at the bottom of the pack.
And your actor assignments:
Writer – Actor
Taylor – Amy
Scott – Kurt
Sarah – Jeff
Sam – Kelly
Keegon – Mike
James – Lisa
Julian – Gary
Idris – Amy
Greg – Kurt
Gabrielle – Jeff
Emily – Kelly
Elizabeth – Mike
Brendan – Gary
See your actors HERE