Posts Tagged ‘My Visit to America’

Depending on the politeness of strangers

March 8, 2012

Occasionally during feedback sessions for a new play reading, somebody will say that something in the script “took me out of out of the play,” that is that something in the play reminded them they were in an audience watching a play. This evening, something happened in real life that threw me into the world of my play. And it all started when I walked into my favorite taqueria to order a burrito.

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The distance between Act I and Act II

January 1, 2010

One of the things I am interested in exploring as I develop my skills as a playwright is the distance between Act I and Act II.

Often there is no distance: Act II begins exactly at the moment where Act I left off. Sometimes there is a time gap, whether a day, week, month or year later when changes have taken place in the characters’ lives in the intervening time. But what I am talking about is not time distance. I’m talking about structural distance.

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