April is National Script Writing Month. And the same folks that bring to you NaNoWriMo which takes place in November (National Novel Writing Month) bring to you all for your delight or sadism Script Frenzy. Like NaNoWriMo where you attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days, Script Frenzy is the online community challenge to write 100 pages of dialogue, setting and action for the stage, radio :), or screen within the days of April. Why do it? Well, it gets you off your butt or in my case, actually commit to writing what's been swimming around in my head for the past year without thinking too much into it. Writing for quantity not quality is a great exercise to see what unadulterated, uncensored ideas you can actually put down. It also is great for developing those muscles to pour our scripts quickly for when you are an on-demand writer, one day. Its the quickest way to a first draft and hey, at least that's tangible than brain matter.
I've done NaNoWriMo which was great and I actually finished editing my novel from 2010 NaNoWriMo this year and published it online. I had a blast and was ready to take on Script Frenzy but my radio play series last year was in the huge editing phase and I was unable to start my script until day 20. Needless to say I just said next year. This year if you are reading this dont let 10 days or 20 days make you fel that you cannot do it. As the Greek God of the wooden court said, "Just Do It". So, this year, after the BoB of course, (INSERT PLUG FOR WBAI ARTSY FARTSY BATTLE OF BANDS AT ARLENE'S GROCERY HERE) I am going to take on the challenge of writing a script in 20 days.
And btw, if you don't have an idea of what to write and you need you want your story to go somewhere here you go! Go Off-Broadway
“ L O V E , L O S S , A N D W H A T I W O R E ”
Which was reviewed on the Artsy Fartsy Show (wbai.org and 99.5FM in NYC- Tuesdays at 2pm)
WRITTEN BY NORA EPHRON, DELIA EPHRON AND YOU!
SEND IN YOUR OWN MOTHER’S DAY-RELATED STORY
FOR A CHANCE TO SEE IT PERFORMED
LIVE ON STAGE ON MOTHER’S DAY
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011
New York, NY (4/5/2011) – What item of clothing reminds you of your mother? Do you remember the first time she took you shopping, or the shoes she just wouldn’t buy you? Producer Daryl Roth announced today that Love, Loss, and What I Wore, the show of monologues and vignettes written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron about clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger, is giving fans the chance the see their own personal stories performed on stage for Mother’s Day.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is now accepting submissions of stories about moms, daughters, grandmothers, and anyone else who is celebrated on Mother’s Day, written in the style of the show. Two grand prize winners will have their stories read on stage at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43 Street) following performances on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 (one story at the 3:00 PM performance and one at the special 7:00 PM performance) by one of the show’s all-star cast members, which, on May 8, will include Conchata Ferrell, Anne Meara, AnnaLynne McCordand B. Smith. Winners will also receive two tickets to the performance, so they can see their story read on stage.
Stories should be no more than 500 words and should be submitted via email toLoveLossContest@gmail.com or fax to (212) 375-1120 no later than Monday, April 25, 2011. Winners will be contacted via email and announced on the show’s website on Friday, April 29, 2011. See www.lovelossonstage.com for official rules and conditions.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore, about which Broadway.com raved “Your mom will be in Mother’s Day nirvana!,” has been delighting women of all generations since it opened in October 2009. Directed by Karen Carpenter, the current cast (through April 24) features Sonia Manzano,Donna McKechnie, Annie Starke, Fredi Walker-Browne and Rumer Willis.
The production, which was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Broadway.com Audience Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in five-week cycles. Members of the rotating cast have included Samantha Bee, Alexis Bledel, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Fran Drescher, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane, Stacy London, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Caroline Rhea, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Cobie Smulders, Rita Wilson and many more.