Here it is, my friends - the news you've been waiting for.... the format, the guidelines, the schedule. We are on to phase two! If you need a quiet place to work, or need to set aside a specific time to write, I am at the Fairport Harbor Public Library every Sunday afternoon in May. The library is not open to the public but it is open to you - the playwrights, the artists. Let the plays begin!
FINNISH HERITAGE MUSEUM’S
CREATE / MAKE / PERFORM
30 Plays in 60 Minutes
We’re making a play-- 30 of them, actually! Over the course of the next two months, Lisa Yanofsky and Park Cofield will lead an ensemble of adults (60+) through the process of creating, making, and performing approximately 30 original “micro-plays” to be presented in the Fairport Harding High School Auditorium on June 24th and 25th, as part of a new program supported by the Ohio Art Council.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Option 1 - JOIN THE ENSEMBLE!
Adults (60+) are invited to join the CREATE / MAKE / PERFORM ensemble. Ensemble members will be expected to fully participate in ALL aspects of the project. Your involvement will include proposing at least two original “micro-plays” for consideration, attending rehearsals in June, and committing to participate in the final technical rehearsals leading up to the performances. Participants will be asked to sign an ensemble agreement and provide conflicts in advance to determine the rehearsal schedule. The ensemble will be capped at 12 people. Priority given to participants who have previously attended at least 3 of the previous workshops.
Option 2 - JUST WRITE!
Adults (60+) who are not interested in performing, but would like to contribute by writing or suggesting an idea for a “micro-play” are welcome to submit a proposal following the attached guidelines. Proposing a play does not guarantee that it will be included. Selected writers will be invited to attend rehearsals and must be open to the idea of re-writing their plays, or letting the project team revise their scripts during the rehearsal process to accommodate the needs of the production.
Options 3 - VOLUNTEER IN SOME OTHER WAY!
Adults (60+) are invited to offer their skills in other ways. We are looking for people to help backstage, run the lights, manage the lobby, and possibly to participate in large groups scenes.
You must state your intent no later than Sunday, May 1st by contacting Cathy Norman at CreateMakePerform@gmail.com or 440-251-8576.
State your intent to participate - Sunday, May 1st
Sunday Writing Get-Togethers - May 8, 15 (contact Cathy Norman for details)
Micro-plays due - Monday, May 16th -- SEE GUIDELINES BELOW
**Rehearsals - May 24, 25, 26, 31 (7-10pm)
June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16 (7-10pm)
June 4, 18 (Noon - 4pm)
Tech Rehearsals - June 20 & 21 (6pm - 10pm)
Dress Rehearsals - June 22 & 23 (6pm - 10pm)
Performances - June 24 (7pm) & 25 (2pm and 7pm)
**All conflicts must be provided in advance. Ensemble members will not be needed for all of the rehearsals. Schedule will be determined based on availability. Attendance beyond June 20 is required.
WHAT IS A MICRO-PLAY?
• A micro-play is a short theatrical moment for the stage
• It can be a monologue, a dialogue, a scene, a song, a dance, a poem, a letter, a movement phrase, an interlude, a joke, a story, etc.
• Approximately 30 micro-plays will be selected from proposed materials and content created during the workshop period of the program. All selections will made by Park Cofield and Lisa Yanofsky.
• All micro-plays should be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, no shorter and no longer.
• You can write about anything that is of interest to you. Some plays will be dramatic, some can be funny, non-sensical, fact, fiction, etc.
• Plays should include a title and should be typed or handwritten in a playscript format (see attached example) and must not exceed 1 page. If you are proposing a song or a dance -- please provide the lyrics, a description and/or any other details we need to know to understand your idea and/or technical needs (special lighting, music, etc.)
• Plays should be written for at least 1, and no more than 4 actors. The cast will include your fellow CREATE/MAKE/PERFORM ensemble members and a small group of teenager actors. You are strongly encouraged to write scenes that put older adults and seniors together.
• Please do not write for a specific person. The casting and selection of actors will be determined by Lisa during the rehearsal process.
• Plays will be presented with minimal sets, lights and costumes. Keep this in mind, but do not let it limit your creativity. If you want to include an elephant or make it rain-- we’ll find a way to suggest it!
• All plays should be original and specifically written for this project. Please do not submit previously written scenes, songs, or pieces that you have previously performed.
PLEASE STAY OPEN MINDED AND FLEXIBLE!
• Not all submitted pieces will be used.
• Some pieces may require rewriting or may be combined or edited.
• Ensemble members will help shape the pieces during the rehearsal process, but Lisa will be responsible for casting, directing, and making all final artistic choices related to all plays.
• Set a kitchen timer for 2 minutes and “examine” that time-- don’t do anything else! Just sit and experience it. Did it feel long or short? Try it again for 1 minute. Try 30 seconds. What else did you observe?
• Don’t worry about too much about the format. Write what is happening, who is saying what, and any stage directions or other details we need to know.
• Let your imagination run wild. Just get your idea on the paper. Don’t worry about the logistics. That’s the job of the director during the rehearsal process
• Think about creating “one moment” with a beginning, middle, and end. Start with one image, line, movement, action, or anything that has meaning for you and build from there. Don’t feel like you need to fill up the whole page. If it begins to feel like you are over crowding, think of ways to simplify.
• Consider the world you are suggesting. How can you suggest a word that is much bigger than 2 mins. How can you imply a larger idea and make meaning in this space? How can you express your voice in the most direct and immediate way?
• Avoid writing plays with more than one scene, “plays about plays”, and plays that rely on audience participation.
• Feeling stuck? Try using one of the attached prompts!
HOW TO SUBMIT
All micro-plays must be emailed to CreateMakePerform@gmail.com or hand delivered to Cathy Norman (440-251-8576) at the library no later than Monday, May 16th to be considered for the performance.
The writers of the selected pieces will be notified directly. Please be sure to include your name and contact information at the top of your script!
Contact Lisa Yanofsky at email@example.com or 978-760-2714
SAMPLE SCRIPTS AND PROMPTS CLICK HERE