Calling all playwrights, established or aspiring!
KWLT's ultimate theatrical competition March Madness is coming up. Multiple production teams will have a week to work from the same script, presenting their visions to the audience… and that script could be yours!
We're accepting submissions of scripts for this year's edition of March Madness. Here's what we're looking for:
- Length: 10 minutes or so. (Depending on density of formatting, that probably means 7-10 pages.)
- Characters: 3-4, ideally gender-neutral.
- Setting: Generic in time and place as much as possible.
A good March Madness script gives the production teams a wide scope for interpretation: the same script might become a family drama or a sci-fi thriller, a superhero battle or a drinking contest…
The author of the selected script will be awarded an honorarium of $50, and will be invited to participate in a Q&A session withe the audience at the evening performance on March 7th.
We asked some of the authors of previous scripts for advice: here's what they say about writing a good March Madness script.
Karen Oddson, author of the 2017 script: Try to include the use of props, costumes, sound cues in the script... but vaguely. It's fun for the directors, actors, and audience to see the different ways that these offers are used.
Sophie Twardus, author of the 2019 script:
- Ambiguity is better than outright abstraction.
- Colloquial expression, metaphor, and euphemism are your friends: having the meaning implied but not stated gives great latitude for interpretation.
- Don't be afraid to have your script be about something.
- Familiarize yourself with basic improv theory, particularly the idea of offers and acceptance; consciously think about what kind of offers your script is making.
- Be wary of monologues and jokes that only work once: remember that the audience will hear these three or four times in quick succession, and they might grow tedious.
- Don't be afraid to break the rules.
- When you've got a draft, get some friends to read it alound with you to help catch any awkward phrases.
- Have fun!