I am consistently sending my plays out to festivals and theaters with the hope of getting produced. Sometimes I’m successful. Many times not. The competition is fierce, to say the least.
But now that I’ve been writing consistently for the past 7 or 8 years, I have a volume of plays (especially short plays) at my disposal to send to festivals. One minute play festival? No problem. Got it. A play based on the lives of senior citizens? You bet. Just sent one of my favorites, REVENGE OF THE GRANDPARENTS, to just such a festival. Short play with a strong female lead? You betcha. A unique take on Shakespeare? Got it covered. Typically, in no time, I can have my submission off into the pool of potential. Then I cross my fingers.
Full-length plays are much more difficult. I’ve been pitching my play The Last Bastion the last two years. I’ve received some good feedback, even a recommendation from another festival, but still no bites. Must keep at it. Recently, I’ve started pitching my new full-length play For the Glory of Nat Turner as well. Only time will tell.
I’m fortunate enough that I’m a theatre professional in a school setting so I get to produce a lot of my own plays which is really cool. I love seeing my work come to life. But it’s even cooler when a festival or theatre decides to produce my shows out of their own free will. I hope that will continue in the future. I currently have two of my plays set to be produced around the world.
GRADE SEMANTICS will be part of the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival in Penang, Malaysia in November.
SAFE SPACES will be part of the Conservative Theater Festival in Columbus, Oh in January.
Besides that, I’m producing two of my own shows in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the next few months. STORIES VOL. 2 will be on October 30 and the world premier of CRAZY LOVE will be in April.
So now you’re up to date. Hope there will be much more on the horizon.