Hello hello hello all!
I am here to remind you of important updates for the Original Play Festival (OPF)!!
Now let’s get right down to it:
Play submissions are due at 11:59pm on Monday, February 17th. They should be emailed to the fest’s coordinator, Justice Hehir, at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc’d to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep your submissions at around 10 minutes (about ten pages), but it’s all right if you go over that a bit.
Interested in directing a piece? The director applications are due on the 24th, and are available on the Cabaret Theatre Sakai site.
I directed an original play in last year’s festival. It’s called The Loser and it was written by JJ Focarracio.
Here’s a picture of me and the cast.
(Minus Leah Christians. Where were you, Leah Christians?!)
Directing was a TON of fun!! And it is a lot of hard work, mind you. Directing is more than just telling people what to do when. You gotta read the play over and over until you know it better than your own face.
And when you can’t recognize yourself in the mirror anymore, that’s when you know that you’ve truly made it as a director.
Auditions for this kick-patootey production (OPF) will be on March 10th and 11th, times to be announced. Callbacks will be March 12th, times to be announced.
Nervous about writing and submitting a play?
No need to worry, because the Playwrights Collective is here!!
The Cabaret Theatre Playwrights Collective meets every Sunday at noon on the second floor of the DCC. We read an article about the current theatrical climate, watch videos about/by current playwrights, and do some writing of our own! (We even have tea.) It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time meeting-attender, or a fifty-fifth time meeting-attender; you are certainly welcome to come on over and write with us!!!
One of the coolest parts about the Collective is that Justice Hehir, the OPF Coordinator and Collective Founder, comes up with really cool prompts to get people’s brain-juices flowing, and she puts them on Facebook.
Some said prompts are:
“OPF Countdown Prompt #3:
Write a play that is made up entirely of questions.
Having fun — always important to do.
“OPF Countdown Prompt #9:
Write a play with no words. Just movement and sound.”
I call this prompt the “Nic Cage Prompt.” I call it that because that’s the only way I’d tolerate Nicolas Cage in a play — not speaking at all.
He is always watching you with his many eyes and angry expressions.
“OPF Countdown Prompt #11:
Write a play with no assumptions.”
Because you know what happens when you assume…?…(nudge, nudge)
“OPF Countdown Prompt #12:
Write a play that’s all poetry–lyric at its core, strong where it counts.”
Such good writing advice, yah?
Here’s a picture of me and Kate Thomas thinking deep thoughts during a meeting:
Look at that paper!
And here’s some advice from Justice Hehir herself:
“The Cabaret Theatre Playwrights Collective is helpful and makes OPF seem less scary because then you’ll be getting feedback and help throughout the writing process. It helps us to be more creative thinkers by coming together and working in the same space. We all have our own visions and stories to tell.”
She also gave me really beautiful and brilliant advice when I was unsure of what to write. She said, “Write what only you can write. What story can you tell that no one else can? Write that.”
If you would like some more updates and lovely writing prompts, then add CabaretTheatre PlaywrightsCollective as a friend on Facebook.
“He’s” a really schnazzy “guy”! And a writing wizard, I might add.
Which I did.
I wrote a play once in my day. It is called, The Cookie-Crumb-Complex and it starred so many talented people it was hard to keep track of how many there were.
Editor’s Note: There were seven. There were seven of them.
This experience was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I learned which dialogue worked and which didn’t work. I also learned how to clear up plot points.
And, most importantly, I learned that something only I could write had touched a lot of people.
I cannot recommend it enough to at least try to have your work produced at Cabaret.
Seriously, though. Do yourself a favor and submit to this play festival!!
When you do, I’m sure you’ll feel like this.