A heartfelt congratulations to dear Mark who this weekend won PlaySlam, a local playwriting competition. PlaySlam consists of short plays which are put on the stage by actors for one night only. The audience votes on their favorite plays. You can read all about the evening here.
And, Mark even won a cash prize for his victory. Wahoo!
This is Mark. Thanks to all for the congrats. It was a wonderful experience doing the Play Slam, and winning ain’t bad. Details? Well, Play Slam involves 14 writers and at least that many actors. We all met three hours before the show and the actors were assigned to 28 plays (two from each playwright). All the plays are designed to be three minutes. We rehearsed each play for 10 minutes, took a break, and did the show. The show is a two act affair. The first act features one play from each of the writers. The audience then votes (using a pre-printed sheet) for their top five plays, scoring them 1-10. The scores are tallied at intermission, and act two features five new plays from the writers of the five winning plays of act one. With me? After those five plays are done, the audience votes (on a new sheet) for the best play. The play takes the bounty. We had over 150 people come, and that doesn’t include the cast, crew, and writers. Nice turnout. There was a Q&A while the final votes were being counted. I generally defer to the others in answering questions. I may have said one or two pithy remarks. My plays were – in the first round, TIME AWAY, which was an altered version of the play I wrote at Ghost Ranch about the three screenwriters who recap the film they are writing about a nutty family on their way to Ghost Ranch. I changed it to Carrboro and the Arts Center. I figured I’d placate. It worked. The second play – the one that won – was called ONE LIFE, which is the story of one man from birth to death told from the perspective of a chorus of characters called Action, Thought, and Feeling. The man mimes the events, and thoughts, and feelings as they are described. All told in three minutes.