Got a rejection of Henry Moore is Melting today. Also dropped 40 query letters for one of my screenplays in the mail.
On the bus today, I overheard a fellow (Caucasian) playwright complaining to her companion about how Canadians are actually racist, but they just won’t admit it.
How did she know?
This theater company in Toronto did a reading of one of her scripts. There was a part in the script about how Canadians were being racist towards this one Native tribe and the actors in the reading were like “we’re not actually racist towards this one Native tribe”.
What was the name of the tribe that she was accusing Canadians of being racist towards in the play that she wrote?
She couldn’t remember.
(Whatever, right? I mean, those Native tribes, they’re all the same and everything anyway…)
Really, though, I can’t even…*facepalm*
The composer for my musical does this a lot and I am, in fact, deeply shamed.
Anyone who thinks Shakespeare is boring apparently missed the greatest stage direction ever written:
I want that to be the final line of my biography.
I didn’t think this was possible but, it may very well be that I have a difficult time writing anything over 85 minutes. I’m trying to write my first two-act play right now (not counting the musical, which is 3 acts, but it’s a musical) - and Act I is only 46 pages. Gah! I must figure out where to add 14 pages to this thing at least.
In other news, 2 rejections today! Woo!
Also? If you are a theater company writing a rejection letter, please don’t write a VERY VAGUE criticism in the letter and think you are helping! If you want to give feedback, give specific, real feedback! Otherwise, please don’t bother. I’m a very confident, thick-skinned writer, but this kind of response just sends me into a tailspin of confusion and self-doubt. Better to have received nothing at all, thank you very much.
Samuel Beckett, Endgame
By day three you’re like
but on opening night you’re like