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Ten Minute Play Workshop

October 31st, 2012 No comments

Had my ten minute play Anima Animus workshopped online last night. You can hear the reading or download the script at Also, if you’re a playwright and have a :10 minute play lying around you might consider joining in.

The process was fairly painless: a quick download and login of gotomeeting, a bit of an interview/introduction to get things started, and then off we went. Like other of the readings I’ve listened to there were technical glitches, this time in the vein of one reader’s computer crashing. Other times it has been connectivity issues. Nevertheless, I think Jen Whiting has really hit upon something that can and should be pursued: online readings.

Anima Animus is a play that I have not heard before. I doubt that I would have pursued having it read had this opportunity not presented itself. Now that I have heard it, even under less than ideal conditions, I will pursue getting this piece staged somewhere, and even have the idea of staging it three times in a row with the characters all switching roles after the play “re-sets.”

Workshopping Online?

October 1st, 2012 No comments

I’m participating in an adventurous proposition put together by Jen Whiting and a group at Rider University, namely workshopping ten-minute plays online–sort of like radio plays, I suppose. Whiting writes:

Ten Minute Play Workshop (TMPW) will be a series of weekly podcasts that have participants reading scripts that have been submitted for workshopping, a faculty member and the same participants who read the play as critique-ers. The final minutes of the podcast will give the author a chance to ask questions of the critique-ers and faculty member.

We’ll see how it works out. It’s unclear how readers are selected, and some of the recordings have been hit or miss (giggling, inattention, half-assed accents, etc), but the idea is what is important and the notion of how and whether it works: other parts of the production can be improved. The sessions are recorded and can be listened to.

I chose the session on Tuesday, October 30, at 6:00pm. If you’ve got a :10 minute play that you’d like to have read, send it along as there are still spaces available. Go to

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