“Where Have All The (Right-Leaning) Playwrights Gone?”

by Amanda Read | January 9th, 2009

I‘ve decided to make a blog post now while I have the chance.  From the intensity college studying will require, I’m not entirely certain when I will be able to write next.  I also have to keep up my post at The Girlhood Home Companion (I’m looking forward to the next article too!).  College classes (all online) have been very interesting thus far and I look forward to learning how to discipline my time so well that I have more hours in the day to devote to all my projects.

As for The Crusading Chemist…the revision is more or less complete, and it probably isn’t the last revision (click here to read it, and if you notice any goofs or typos, please let me know – I need all the proof reading I can get!).  I’ve done what I could to make it more dramatic and personal, but I feel as though I have still failed part of it.  My main goal was to shorten the script.  But somehow as I cut scenes out I began replacing them with improved scenes.  I think the improvements definitely help the story, but it turns out I’ve only cut the script down about 3 pages, which isn’t likely to impress my coverage readers at ABM.  Oh, and I still have to revise the Treatment to fit it.  Goodness, this process never ends…

While I was working on the revision I came across an interesting news snippet on ChristianFilmmakers.org:

[From NationalReview.org]

Where Have All the (Right-Leaning) Playwrights Gone?
[Maggie Gallagher]
Alison Carey is looking for a few good conservative playwrights. Well, at least one.
Alison is a 48 year old Harvard graduate who is now director of American Revolutions (snazzy title that!) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland – one of the largest repertory companies in the country, which produces 11 plays a year.
The theater is in the middle of an ambitious and fascinating project – commissioning 37 brand new “history plays” over the next decade. Shakespeare wrote quite a few history plays, after all.
I learned about Alison’s search in this New York Times story, “Liberal Views Dominate Footlights.”
“You cannot tell the story of the United States without including the story of conservative political and social movements,” said Alison Carey told the New York Times.
Unfortunately so far she’s come up blank: “I’ve never had a play come to me that I could say had a conservative perspective,” said Ms. Carey at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, adding that if anyone hears of a playwright with one in hand, “send him my way.”
She sounded awfully sincere so I called her up and volunteered to try to find some young (or not-so-young) conservative writing talent who wants to break into theater.
She returned my call immediately. “I’m so glad to hear from you. I’ve gotten a ton of calls but mostly they begin with ‘I’m not really right-of-center, but I have this play I’d like you to read,‘“ Alison told me.
We chatted about what she is looking for. Great plays mostly, with a very broad view of what constitutes a contemporary version of a history play: “Moments of change” is the theme. And yes, a musical could qualify “1776 is my favorite musical!” Alison said.
So now I’m Alison Carey’s self-appointed right-wing theater talent scout.
Do you have a play that might qualify? Have you ever written a play that’s any good at all, even if this one really isn’t a history play? Send it to me. They are commissioning plays after all.  Do you know of any young writers who might qualify? Send their names – and emails if possible – to me.
You have thoughts about where to go to find young playwriting talent – some school or person or website that might make a good connector?

Email me any or all of the above info: Maggieiav@aol.com

Hmm…I wonder if I should adapt The Crusading Chemist into a stage play instead.  Is anyone else interested in trying to write one of the 37 commissioned plays?

Another interesting possibility I discovered recently is Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures located in Birmingham, AL.  The SAICFF twitter mentioned the Erwin Brothers’ upcoming film school this summer, which my siblings, a few friends and I would definitely be interested in.  But just to have an ambitious film company in our own State is pretty exciting!


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One Response to ““Where Have All The (Right-Leaning) Playwrights Gone?””

  1. that would be a wonderful idea, to adapt it into a play! I bet you could find someone who would be interested in putting it on.


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