1. Author’s Note
This is the first time I’ve ever written a play.
Um, I don’t usually flaunt my firsts in public [if you were to read my first story or poem, you’d laugh. I still laugh at them XD]. But I feel I must, for though the form and structure of prose or poetry is easy to grasp and improve – playwriting proves to be a weightier challenge.
I’ve read many plays – such as those by William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, and others. Some I enjoyed [several of… all of Shakespeare’s work, and The Crucible and A View from a Bridge by Arthur Miller] and others I still regard highly with disgust [Arcadia by Tom Stoppard – useless, useless play!]. I still intend to read many more [The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster and Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe being on my reading list] – but I’ve never ever attempted writing one.
Recently I had a shady idea for another story, but then I reckoned it would work better as a screenplay.
So forgive me if this all seems rather unnecessary and riddled with pot-holes of improvement. But I’ve been avoiding writing a play for a very long time, and I’ve finally reached an ultimatum: Write it as a play or just don’t bother trying to write it as prose. I thought it would work as a musical, but then I would be pushing my limits XD. So here it is. And, kindly note, this is a screenplay – in that, it is a film script, rather than a live theatrical script. So things like ‘disappearing people’ would work out – though I’m still working on how the stage directions for that would work.
So, here to have it, and [God so help me] prepare to get your virtual red pens out,