I’ve got a lot of thoughts brewing around in my head right now for the next play I’d like to write. Fingers crossed, I’ll get into a playwriting class in the theatre department so I’ll have a more interactive / involved experience with writing plays and I’m guessing that we’ll have a final project of one long-ish play due at the end of the semester. So I’m trying to come up with some ideas of what I’d like to do so I can really give it a solid go once I get to it.
Right now my idea is swirling around presenting the history of trans people, in some capacity. I know the basics, but I’m hoping to have time this summer to do some research and get a better idea of what the “trans movement” has been like.
Formatting too is getting fun. I’m in a contemporary drama class, so we’ve been reading a lot of really interesting things. A couple of plays have been set in two + time periods and have melded the time periods together as the story went on, which could be very appropriate here. Another play we read involved documentary-styled writing, which could work. We’ve also read plays that are set in series, some of which are like “generation plays”. For example, one we read was several short plays, each one following the next generation (or set about twenty years later). By doing so, we go to see almost 200 years of these two families and the conflict between them; it was really interesting! So that is another possibility is to write several short bits that thematically go together and show the progression of time / view points / etc. I guess the formatting will ultimately come down to what makes the most sense for the story I want to tell.