- Read five scripts in my desktop folder
Does this include play reading committee duties?
I decided that it would include the plays I had to read for play reading AND I did read close to 20 scripts (musicals and straight plays) since the beginning of October. I don’t know that I ever counted how many I’ve successfully read (or unsuccessfully – there was one script I could not finish). I was shocked at the total. Don’t ever under-estimate yourself, you don’t know what you’re capable of until you try and evaluate what you have actually completed.
Here’s a running list of scripts I’ve completed (or not):
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Next to Normal
- Something’s Afoot
- Leading Ladies
- No Sex Please
- See How They Run
- Twelfth Night
- The Unvarnished Truth
- 4000 Days
- She Kills Monsters
- The Tin Woman
- Marvin’s Room
- The Trip to Bountiful
- Murder on the Nile
- 9 to 5
The scripts in my desktop folders are more unknown and not as marketable to a broad audience, half were found online and available without rights. If I had to put on a last minute dramatic (or comedic) reading for a benefit, they’d be easily accessible and require minimal set, props and costumes. All bonuses and work in favor of the shows, but really not challengeable – not to me, not to an audience and certainly not to my readers. I have cleaned up the folder while updating my running list of scripts (which I’ll probably never catch up to some of my peers), so at least I have things started.
I’m set into motion for a successful upcoming season – I have actually attached my name to two straight plays and two musicals at my local theatre. But, do you think I have started planning anything? No. That’s about to change, I have to start thinking ahead because there’s only another few more months before selections go to the board for final approval and at that point – they’ll need to see how prepared I am. I won’t have a stalling option, this isn’t a game to them (or to me) – it’s a business, albeit a nonprofit, but still a business.
Don’t mess around. Read scripts, even when you can’t finish them – start and store them away for later, it could just be you for now and in a few years (or maybe never) they might become an option to you or to someone you know. This next month I’ll be cleaning up my act – I’m on task for play reading, now I must set myself to task on planning. Wish me luck, ’til next time.