working you into a lather


– 21 September 2014 –

Happy Sunday!

In mentoring a nascent playwright, I realized that – for me – the only reason to impinge upon people to come out and sit together in a theater is for their participation. Not necessarily in the modern, overtly interactive ways, but through the use of their synapses, particularly their forming new ones. 

If a playwright tells the whole story, connects all the dots, they expect the audience to appreciate them. And what else? For me, a satisfying theater experience relies upon my making synaptic leaps necessary to understanding the story being told.

So here’s your prompt: Take a work you’ve already written and see just how much you can cut. Just how much you can trust that an audience *will* make those leaps from the clues you’ve supplied.

Happy revising!


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