Congrats those of you who survive to type another day! This week gets more intense, with 3 more being eliminated after next Thursday’s show, bringing us down to 7.
As always, we’re available to clarify, but take ownership of the ideas, and go for it, every time! Safe won’t be safe for much longer
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, it’s off to the pumpkin patch!
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 we hope you’ll live to see another week of competition!
WEEK TWO – ROUND OFF
DUE: END OF DAY – TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH
This week, we’re drawing our inspiration from 1897 German dramatic literature, like we do. We’re asking the ten of you to recreate La Ronde*; writing round-robin scenes for two actors, before or after they’ve done the deed.
Sex is rarely about just sex, so don’t be afraid to delve deeper. And, to keep you on your toes, we’re also asking you to integrate a famous quote about relationships, that’ll you’ll need to find a way to make your own. Muah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!
We’re expecting 3 things:
1. A single-scene script for two actors (as assigned), set before or after they, well, you know, do it. Real time and realism aren’t required, but you are writing ONE encounter. Think of it as an episode in a 10 episode play you’re all writing if that helps. A contained stand alone piece, but of a larger work.
2. Use the archetypes to inform your work, but push boundaries too. The original script for La Ronde used disparate people to talk about class and status, but sexual politics run deep, and there’s lots of places where you can explore something deeper than just sex.
3. Incorporate your assigned “love quote” and make it your own. (eg. No “Shakespeare once said…”)
Your entire submission document: 1000 words, MAX. (Note there is no minimum, hint hint)
And since we have 5 guys and 5 girls now, we thought we’d play with gender as well! You’ll note your archetypes will have a M-male, F-female, or A-ambiguous (should be able to be played by any gender), and they might not pair in the ways you expect:
Gabrielle – The Whore (M) & The Soldier (M)
Scott – The Soldier (M) & The Virgin (F)
Emily – The Virgin (F) & The Predator (A)
Keegon – The Predator (A) & The Good Spouse (F)
Sarah – The Good Spouse (F) & The Artist (F)
James – The Artist (F) & The Muse (A)
Elizabeth – The Muse (A) & The Landlord (M)
Idris – The Landlord (M) & The Politician (F)
Sam – The Politician (F) & The Actor (A)
Taylor – The Actor (A) & The Whore (M)
**if you have the same archetype, you are writing for the same actor/character, but we don’t expect you to coordinate with the other writers who have the same characters. Unless you want to, that’d be kinda cool…
And finally, your quotes:
Gabrielle – “If music be the food of love, play on”
Scott – “You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.”
Emily – “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
Keegon – “A man that’s married is a man that’s marred”
Sarah – “Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.”
James – “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Elizabeth – “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.”
Idris – “As long as you know most men are like children, you know everything.”
Sam – “There is no remedy for love, but to love more.”
Taylor – “Only time can heal a broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.”
*About La Ronde
Reigen (ger), aka La Ronde (fr) is a play written by Arthur Schnitzler in 1897. It scrutinizes the sexual morals and class ideology of its day through a series of encounters between pairs of characters (shown before or after a sexual encounter). By choosing characters across all levels of society, the play offers social commentary on how sexual contact transgresses boundaries of class.
The title of the play refers to a round dance, as portrayed in the English nursery rhyme Ring a’Round the Rosie