We’ve studied plenty of scripts, but now it’s your turn to write one!
- Choose a photograph (google image search is fine, but the image should NOT be a screenshot from TV or film) that features two or three people and write a 3-5 page scene (double-spaced) in which these characters interact.
- You will need to give them names and decide on their relationship – are they strangers? Are they family members? Are they enemies? Are they something else entirely? You decide!
- Your play must take place in one location ONLY and contain no scene breaks.
- No scene breaks means no time jumps! Just because you don’t say ‘Scene 2’ doesn’t mean you don’t have a scene break!
- Begin with a few lines of stage directions describing the setting and who they are.
- Create CONFLICT – these should be characters who want something from each other.
- Remeber: the audience will only have the information provided to them through words spoken or actions done on stage. They won’t have the benefit of stage directions to help make sense of the story, so make sure that all crucial information is delivered in the dialogue, not the stage directions.
- Finally, what is the THEME? What universal truth will the audience learn from watching your play? The way you resolve the conflict should indicate your theme.
Things I’m looking for:
- A central theme/message/moral of the play that the conflict is based upon.
- A plot that is theatrical, not cinematic (keeping the whole play in one location will help).
- Characters that are interesting and complete, with dialogue that matches each character
- If you have a ‘unique’ or difficult to stage moment in your play, address how you think it could be done on stage. Can it be suggested? If not, how would you go about putting it on stage? (i.e.-cars cannot fit on stage, so how do you create the illusion of one?)
- Your script can be serious or comic. It can be realistic or totally not realistic. It can be in whatever genre you choose. Be creative! Have fun!
Be sure to include the photo that you chose.