28 Later

That’s it. The last one has been sent off. Some truly dreadful creations but what the hey, i had fun. Gruelling fun but still fun.

So # 28 was a twist on #1… inspiration from the # 8291 (19:28 reversed)…talking_chall-28_jsb

The challenge for #27  was to revisit on of the previous challenges and write a new piece…i went with the look to the stars sci-fi prompt…phantom-hat_chall-27_jsb

#25 asked us to dig out an old idea or unfinished piece and finish it. I haven’t really written plays before and did not have anything so i took some poetic work and attempted to combine a few things into one piece. Blech. i sent it in anyway and went to sleep. The #26 asked us to take a piece, count the words, divide by 2, and edit the piece down. I took #25 and ended up with this…post_marital_halved_chall-26_jsb

#24 asked us to write in another language but still have it be entertaining for English speakers… Sexy Breakfast…sexy-breakfast_chall24_-jsb

And #23 asked us to write something radical. A lot of leeway was given on that – steal, onstage violence, politics, etc – but i still wasn’t quite sure where to go, so i settled for writing about the 28 plays and how they might be merged … liz_no_rehearsal_chall-23_jsb


NAOPA 2017




22 Plays Later

i almost called it quits a few times in the past few days

but instead of quitting

i kept at it

even when i hated what i wrote.

so now here is #22… the challenge- Fan Fiction. i had to look that up. Too bad i stole the concept and characters cause it might very well be my fave of the lot…


# 21 required something sci-fi-ish delving into the meaninglessness of the universe, life and everything…oops_chall-21_jsb

#20 asked us to explore Boundary Issues… boundary_issues_-20_jsb

#19  to take inspiration from another medium or art movement… i chose Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter and enlisted harvey’s help…pollock-et-al_-challenge-19_jsb

img_2002-sCrossing over has either vastly improved the output or resulted in something more dreadful. Maybe i will decide tomorrow. In any case, the inspiration for the process came from Jackson Pollock’s drip technique as well as Gerhard Richter’s pre-prepared, hands-off abstracts. Some cut-up, collaboration, and random selection thrown in.

Richter prepares the support (usually board) and all the paint and brushes or squeegees or whatnot ahead of time. He then paints using tools that keep him at arm’s length from the work. One way he does this, for very large works, is to put the loaded brushes, or something rigid to smear the paint already on the support, on a trolley and move the trolley back and forth in the room so that the brushes or scraper run over the support and create a very interesting, abstract effect. This is usually repeated many times until something pleasing is achieved. Unfortunately time limitations means that the process we followed was not repeated to the point of achieving something that pleases as much as one might hope. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day. Probably.
The process we used was as follows…
– first i hacked up the previous plays with an exacto knife and scissors.
– i separated the titles, the characters, and everything else.
– i smeared glue on a piece of gessoed cardboard and threw the various character names and descriptions onto the the sticky board along with, in one corner, all the words from previous titles
– i smeared glue on a wooden board and, inspired by Pollock’s dripping (also done flat on the floor and then sometimes tilted to achieve drippy runs), all the other parts were sprinkled onto it. After allowing for some drying time, the board was tilted so that anything not stuck on would fall off. It was then put down again and sprayed with adhesive. The fallen text fragments were thrown and pressed to the board and sprayed and thrown repeatedly.
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– After some time for drying, the boards were presented to a friend who was asked to read off various randomly selected numbers of text fragments.  As the fragments were read off, i typed them into the template i have been using to write all the plays for 28 plays later. Before beginning i put 3 scene divisions into the template and after the first two characters were selected, i put random numbers of line headings into each scene. We stopped a scene when these were all given dialogue. Throughout the process, randomness was introduced and my friend, harvey lev, did not know the structure or character breakdown when reading off the fragments.  We did the following sequence…
  1. selected a few words from the “titles” section of the small board.
  2. select a few names , et cetera from the other areas of the board.
  3. used a pen and closed eyes to randomly select various sequences of dialogue and scene directions


All that produced the nonsense attached.
There remains quite a bit of script not yet glued to the board. Perhaps this will eventually be completed to be a larger and yet more 3-dimensional piece. I would also have liked to apply some actual paint, thus covering some of the text and leaving some exposed but more time is require for adhesive layers to dry otherwise the paint will not hold. Maybe some other day.
Some process pics attached as well.

Taverna Of The Wolves : 18 Plays Later


Oh boy, oh boy. Were there ever a lot of complicated directions for this one, right down to the number of words per line and how many lines a particular character can speak and whether they can speak at all and on and on and on. So i counted and checked the list of rules and checked again and checked again and then i rushed like heck to finish before the cut off and got in under the wire with a sending at 5:52am (that’s 9:52am gmt). I made a couple of minor corrections after i sent it in and though it ain’t what i thought it would be but it’s done and now it’s onward to #19, as soon as i can figure it out, that is.

… taverna_of_the_wolves_chal_18_revision-jsb

Just Follow The Instructions: 17 Plays Later

My effort to write an emotionless piece. Not sure if it succeeds in that but i had fun doing it!


Highlights : 16 Plays Later

Supposed to have written a highly realistic fake autobiography or an autobiographical play with faked up characters who are not the author but are maybe pretending to be… i’m not quite sure. Something like that.  Oh well.  Whatever it was supposed to be, this is what it is… highlights_challenge-16_jsb

Beginning…15 Plays Later

The instructions were to dig deep and write a pyschodrama.  i started early in the day and was fairly pleased with the concept and the characters. Then a friend came to visit, had supper, got snowed in, had an adventure, and by the time i returned to writing ~ midnight, something was lost. i futzed around with it for an hour or more and sometime after 1am decided a new file was needed. A new file, new characters, a new premise, all new. i almost called it quits but managed to put down enough words to consider the challenge met and finally fall into bed with a few hours to spare before dawn…. beginning_challenge-15_jsb_

Benchwarmers: 14 Plays Later

If you think you understand, let me know. Today’s challenge was to write a play that no one else will understand.  i think at least one of the others might qualify but now here’s another.


13 Plays Later: Winter in the City

Written while looking out the window at a blizzard in a remote rural location….i-like-it_challenge-13_jsb

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