And I find myself writing fewer and fewer characters with the hope that I will hit the sweet spot and get produced and then get my backlist having more characters produced. But one must write what one loves.
Pretty much everyone in the theatrical community, barring perhaps those lucky tech people whose expertise lends itself to more consistent work, works under the shadow of improbability. If fifty actors show up to auditions for a play, and the play has one male character, each actor has a 1/50 chance of getting the role. This may be even more difficult if one of the other actors is Samuel L. Jackson. Playwrights face a similar challenge re: play contests, made worse by the fact that you don’t know your odds at all, nor is it likely that you will recieve notice of your failure within the month. Obviously, the economic reality is grim, but if you wanted to make money you would not have gone into the theatre.
When I write a play, I am often beset by the fear that what I am writing will not be submittable or…
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