This week, I've taken a bit of a breather from our screenplay and have been working on a play to submit to Oxford's Ten Minute Play contest. The deadline is February 15th, and plays can be no longer than ten pages. Check out the rules and guidelines here. The coolest thing is that the top winners get to see their play performed. The second coolest thing is that the first place prize is $1000.
It's both fun and disorienting to try to write in a completely different genre and to write about a completely different subject.
Me? I opened a can of Schlitz,
downloaded some David Allan Coe onto my ipod,
and channeled my inner Trans-Am
so that I could write a play about rednecks in small town Mississippi. My two characters have a spicy interchange on the front porch while watching a heaping pile of garbage burn in their yard. We just have to hope that a spark from the fire doesn't leap over and ignite the trailer where they put granny to live on the front lawn.
[Oh, and I feel that I should clarify here since Katie wrote such a glowing post about our literary town of Oxford--this is one of those OTHER small towns in Mississippi]
So, Katie, Clover, Miss J, and all you other assassins out there--how 'bout it? Don't you wanna write a thriller spandex spy girl play? If you win, you could probably negotiate being cast in the lead. Then all your subversive secret agent dreams would come true. Daniel Craig might even be available for a cameo. Are you in????