Sunday, October 16, 2016

10 Minute Play Project: Day 2 (Drafting); Tips for 10-minute Plays; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf


Take the first few minutes of class to continue reading/critiquing your peers plays. By 7:45 stop and focus on the following writing tasks:

#5: Premise, premise, premise: In one sentence what do you want to write a short play about? Finish this thought: I want to write a play about...

Finally, using the outline from homework and brainstorming prompts you completed last class, make a list of everything you know about this new play you’re beginning. Could be characters’ names, location, time of day, geographical spot in the world or galaxy, a need, a piece of clothing, a desire, a repeated physical gesture, anything that could be in this new world of your play, no matter how far-fetched or banal, put it on the list. Create a working title, a short cast list, and a short description of your setting and time. In other words, create the title page, cast list, and set description for your play today. Plan out your plan and begin writing it.

Follow these restrictions/rules:

  • Your 10-minute play should be between 6-10 pages, written in proper play script format.
  • You must use 3-4 characters and develop all of them.
  • Your play script should include a title page and cast/set list (these are not to be counted in the page # requirement). 
  • Use your outline to guide you if you get stuck when writing. 
  • Spend your time in the lab today working on your 10-minute play draft. It is NOT due today.
CLASSROOM: After our quiz on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, we will begin screening the film (1966) starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sandy Dennis, and George Segal. All four actors received Academy Award Nominations for their excellent acting. Both Taylor and Dennis actually won them.

The film director Mike Nichols is one of the American New Wave directors. Haskel Wexler was the cinematographer.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) was one of the films that challenged the restricted film code by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). Originally, no one under 18 could legally buy a ticket to see the film unless they were accompanied by an adult. The film was also banned and shocked audiences with its content and lewd language. Tame perhaps by today's standards, the film is one of the reasons why films today can be edgy. It was shot entirely in black & white--one of the most expensive black and white films to be made at the time.

Film is not stage. As you watch the play, notice subtle differences between the play and movie.

HOMEWORK: None. If you did not complete your reading of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee, please do so. You'll learn a lot about writing really good verbal fight scenes. 

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