With every theater production, there comes a time when the plot must leave the page before making its way onto the stage. And during this crucial in-between time, it's often imperative that the playwright receives feedback on his or her work.
Which is exactly why Elise Lockwood, of Indianapolis' The Geeky Press writing collective, decided to start a monthly reading series featuring scripts written by local playwrights and read by local actors. Held at Fountain Square's New Day, Scripted was created to show the process of playwriting, and to give up-and-coming playwrights a chance to see what it takes to get from the page to the stage.
"I realized there wasn't a place for in between when you're writing a script on your own and seeing it in production." -Elise Lockwood click to tweet
"We have the established big theaters, like Phoenix and the IRT, who have playwrights in residence, but there are so
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"I realized there wasn't a place for in between when you're writing a script on your own and seeing it in production," she says.
With this in mind, Lockwood made a
"I will always give precedent to works that have not been produced before, but I sort of wanted to experiment with seeing where in the process we could get stuff," Lockwood says. "So with the first one we did, the second act hadn't even been written yet. But, the one in January will actually be in rehearsal when we read it, and this will be the first time it's gotten feedback outside of the cast."
At the aforementioned first Scripted, Paige Scott had a cast of actors read through a musical she wrote titled J. Eyre. Rather than bringing recordings of the songs in the musical, Scott instead decided to bring her keyboard to the reading, which added another dimension to her Scripted experience. "I brought my keyboard and played through the score and tried to the best of my ability to make a clear explanation of events while the actors read the book portion," she recalls. After having a Lockwood-led discussion about her musical with those in attendance following the reading, she was then able to get a better understanding of what changes needed to be made to her script.
"It highlighted what I need to work on in dialog and conversation framing in scene work," Scott says. "It also made me aware it isn't about just you as the writer getting what you need. It's about making sure the actor expressing your point of view understands it."
Scott is just one of the many playwrights that
"It gives local playwrights a chance to really hear what they wrote and get feedback to improve their skills," Scott concludes. "We have a lot of writers who aren't heard and it's difficult to be heard, but Scripted gives those people an ear."