The Art of the Ten-Minute Play In a ten-minute play especially, it's important to to use the restroom, John confesses his love to Mary—but Mary's dating Peter!. A couple takes a hiking trip up Mount Rainier for their first date, and when a storm threatens their trip they Published in Ten Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vol. 5. Read more +. Keywords. Dating, Risk-taking. Considerations. It's fair to say I read and/or see hundreds of ten-minute plays a year. . Whether the two people on a first date hit it off is not enough. doing too much might mean the play now starts to include surrogacy, transgender issues.
Precipice | Samuel French
We feel that compelling characters are still at the heart of theatre. We will not consider longer plays for any reason. Our reasons are twofold: We select finalists strictly on the quality of the writing.
However, simplicity enhances the likelihood of us being able to produce it. And sometimes coaxes out better writing. FORMAT Title page should include the play title, your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and a copyright notice. Make it as convenient as possible for us to reach you when we want to do your play. Set description, time and place, and complete character list with very brief descriptions should appear on the next page, before the beginning of text.
Brief, evocative, perhaps even quirky descriptions give the reader a hint at your imagination. However — many of the best plays have very sparse descriptions like gender and age only — and simply let the characters speak for themselves. Well spaced, darkly printed, clearly legible. Type size 12 point for text and style are essential. Actors have to read these under poor lighting conditions, and while trying to move on stage and concentrate on the other actors. Straining to read the script can seriously mar a performance.
They are the number one reason for poor armchair readings! They slow down or confuse the readers, and dilute the impact of the dialogue. A good format is: Character names within stage directions are capitalized. All of this effort is so that dialogue is visually distinguishable from stage directions, and so that characters can easily find their lines and business. It is of immense help to directors and tech people when marking notes for light or sound cues, entrances or exits, or other actions.
We prefer to no longer see any type of cover or binding. Including checks for email submissions please send the cheapest way possible, even if you are nearing the deadline.
It genuinely makes absolutely no difference to us when we get it or what condition it is in. While you want to adhere to generally accepted norms there is enough leeway in the absence of a rigid blueprint to personalize your visual voice through format. Tools Alright, how to do it. Prepare to get inundated with a slew of applications for creating and editing your text. Now…even with all those tools available…I am telling you…do not screw around…and get yourself MS Word.
I am telling you to format your writing in MS Word. First, the Styles function is excellent. Second, there are still some theater companies mandating submission as a Word file.
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Sam, are you seriously posting on the internet, for total and permanent history, that I should write my play direct into in MS Word? No, I would never do that, especially considering that my kids, who are not even in grade school yet who have already mastered every internet trick and who no doubt are somehow reading this before I even upload it could potentially believe that writing in MS Word will get them into college, assuming they make it through puberty and college still exists by then.
I do not write in format. I write for the stage. I find that writing in format somehow messes with my mind and I start writing to format. For sure writing direct into final format saves time. So my draft scripts are not in format. I craft my writing via a variety of offline and online mediums, then encode through one particular authoring software, none which contain my personal final format. My script ultimately resides in three files — my native authoring software, MS Word and.
Field setup Do you have MS Word at the ready? MS Word is now free online. So get going, already. Title of your play, estimated run time and full contact info here. Because of many ongoing submissions requirements restricting the inclusion of any identifying name within the script pages I suggest the cover page being the only place in your script where your name appears. I feel that as writers we should be attaching our name to our work. We play by them. I put on the cover page a version marking.
I create a bottom page footer and put the version marking here as well. You think this is overkill? Another playwright story that did actually involved me getting skewered — I showed up earlier this year in NYC for a rehearsal of a staged reading of one of my plays. Important industry folk were going to attend the reading. Everyone walks into the rehearsal and within minutes we realize that two different versions of the play were in hand. Actors had prepared their roles ahead of time from different script versions.
Goes in the footer. Header — Title of play goes here. I use section breaks to differentiate the act marking. Just use Times New Roman. Proper typesetting dictates ONE space after periods.
Unless you are cranking out your opus on a monospaced typewriter do not put two spaces after periods. Ageism does exist in theater surprise! This is the important part. There are four styles you must have for your script. Centered on the page. A single space hard return after. Left indent and right indent I use 0.
Space after is more than a single space. Also you must keep lines together. I bold and underline. I use all caps with no indent. This is the one that gets a lot of attention and believe it! I use italic font. I left indent about 3.
Some people have said they smush the stage action far to the right. Personal preference, of course, but whatever you do I suggest giving sizable paragraph space before and after so that the stage directions are clearly distinguished from the other three styles.
Create these four styles via the styles function in MS Word. Then paste in your raw text. Go through the entire script in MS Word and apply the styles line by line. To cut down on time I special paste my raw text into the Dialog style. Page count A semifinal word on formatting as it relates to page count. It has become an unfortunate reality that scripts by Submitting Playwrights get their estimated run time judged by page count. I understand how page count functions as a broad indicator of show length.
But it is not an accurate measurement by itself. Any reliance on page count as an exact measure of run time is a shortcoming which can lead to problems when theater companies weed script submissions exceeding 90 pages. A theater company once told me my page script was rejected outright because they only do plays under 90 minutes.
I told them my play is 90 minutes max. Formatting does impact page count. After dumping your raw copy into your format template you may find you end up with a page play.