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Pony the Performed Playwright!

Wheee! One of my plays is going to be produced! The University held a playwriting contest open to all students, so I submitted some plays that I had written between 1996 and 2003. A jury of professors were to read the submissions and select three winners. The winners receive a performance and a $30 prize. One of my plays won! It's a ten-minute satire of death, bureaucracy, and miracles. . . and I'm going to see it performed!

Happy Pony!

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fafojoy
Nov. 30th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Hey, congratulations! That's something nice to put on the resume/CV someday. :)

Do you get to help choose the performers?
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm not involved with the production of the play. Apparently, I have to meet with the festival organizer relatively soon to sign a contract to get the money, and then I just sit back and work on my thesis until March, when I sweep grandly into the theater and watch my work up there on the stage.
kln1671
Nov. 30th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Woot! How exciting! Congrats! :-D No surprise, really, though. You're a fantastic writer.
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing how this one goes over with an audience. It's a comedy, so keep your fingers crossed for big laughs in March.
bodkin_ra
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
Well done. And just sitting back and watching will be far less stressful than being involved in the process!

frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The performance is in March, a week before Le Thesis is due, so it'll be a wonderful stress reliever, to just sweep in there for a night of fun where my work on that project will already be out of the way.
kaikias
Nov. 30th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
OMG YAY
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
dot_o_choillmor
Nov. 30th, 2005 10:14 am (UTC)
Yay! That's so exciting. And it's great that you don't have the stress of getting involved in the production. Congrats!!
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The performance will probably be stressful for everyone except the playwright, who will see it as a most excellent stress reliever.
dawtheminstrel
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Author! Author!

Have you by any chance read the novel about Henry James by that title? It's about his efforts as a playwright. It might be a little scary.
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
*takes a bow*

I'd heard that Henry James was a terrible playwright, but I've never read that particular book. It's possible that I read a review of it, which might even be how I know that Henry James was a terrible playwright. I'm pretty sure I've read a Henry James novel before. . . the one with the European guy and the American girl named Daisy, and it was kind of like Lolita only PG-rated.
perelleth
Nov. 30th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations FP! It has music on it?

What about the author's rights and adaptations' Hope you don't find yourself pressing the arm of the chair and counting one hundred not to jump on stage shouting "No, I did not write it thusly, he would never try to take the ring for himself!" (I'm joking :-))
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It's not about music, although there is one running gag that calls for a brief chorus of angels. It's only ten minutes long, so I don't think there's a whole lot to worry about in terms of author's rights and adaptations. Besides, directors always alter little things from script to stage depending on the needs of the production. It's just one of those things you learn to expect as a playwright.
perelleth
Nov. 30th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Mmmm.. I was joking, though now you make me think.. Maybe someone should tell many directors of that rule... for I've seen horrors perpetrated against many classic plays lately, in the name of "adaptation" ;-)

Knowing a bit of your sense of humour, I'd say that laughs are granted...although directly proportional to the audience's intellectual level... Now I'm wondering about that chorus of angels...
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Knowing a bit of your sense of humour, I'd say that laughs are granted...although directly proportional to the audience's intellectual level... Now I'm wondering about that chorus of angels...

Let me put it this way: There is another joke that involves Jesus turning coffee into wine.
perelleth
Nov. 30th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I wouldn't be able to choose between my two favourite legal drugs! :-) Sounds truly amusing, FP!
dawn_felagund
Nov. 30th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's so awesome! What exciting news. :)
frenchpony
Nov. 30th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm pretty thrilled about it. And then, just now I discovered that I had a paper proposal accepted by this conference out in Bowling Green, Ohio. So I'm just flat on my back with shock at the moment.
dawn_felagund
Nov. 30th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, double the excitement then! Well, congratulations...again!
frenchpony
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
I had to spend a full fifteen minutes squeeing with my music pals at the music library over this. I'm still in massive shock. Imagine, my academic debut! I feel like I ought to go dressed in white satin with a corsage.
elliska
Nov. 30th, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
That is awesome FP! I wish I could see it. That is so cool. Can you take a video camera to the performance? I definitely would. Congrats!!
frenchpony
Dec. 1st, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I doubt that I'd be able to tape it -- live theater tends not to allow unofficial videotaping. But I will have seen it, and that'll be plenty exciting.
saadiira
Dec. 1st, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
BIG congratulations, and be sure to film it! We all want to see! Heh.

-Dira-
frenchpony
Dec. 1st, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think a film is in the offing. But I will attend a performance, and you can be sure I'll tell all about it, in exhaustive, squeeing detail.
saadiira
Dec. 1st, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Awws..but ok. Squee! Squee away, if you can't bring the video camera! Squee, loud and clear.

And bigtime congratulations. That is just so WONDERFUL! :).

-Dira-
ns_tulkas
Dec. 1st, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
frenchpony
Dec. 1st, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

(The presentation on Bezalel will happen in an hour and a half. I'll report in sometime this evening on how it went.)
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