The first thing I thought when I got an email from Dominic inviting me to submit to the Boston One-Minute Play Festival was “Wow! I wonder how I got on that list!” The second thing I thought was, “I wonder how I can help.” It’s true. And unless he’s cleaned out his inbox, Dominic should have the email to prove it. The third thing I thought was, “I wonder what I should write about.” This order of events may make you wonder if I’m really a playwright. I sometimes do too. But then I get an idea for something that I think will work on stage and I am, eventually, compelled to put it on paper. Compelled. As in I can’t function as a human being until I do exactly that. If that’s not a description of what it’s like to be a writer, then I don’t know what is.
So, yes, I accepted the challenge to write two one-minute plays. Enter Meron Langsner. Meron, among other amazing talents, is a fight choreographer. He’s also a friend, both on Facebook and in the real world. On Facebook he posted that his recent endeavors may have set a personal record for rampant badassery. I know! I mean seriously, how could anyone, let alone a playwright, resist a term like rampant badassery? Well, at least my third wondering had an answer. My One-Minute Play Festival submissions would be full of rampant badassery, in one way or another.
Suddenly. It’s my favorite word. Yes, I know this because I have spent at least part of my life watching James Lipton ask that question of actors on Bravo. But the first time I heard the question, I didn’t even have to think about the answer. Suddenly. Suddenly, your life changes. Today might be the day you have a suddenly moment. Most good plays are about that, aren’t they? And suddenly moments last less than a minute. So, I’ve got Suddenly and Rampant Badassery as inspirations.
What’s next? The Beatles, of course. I’m surprised there is no book entitled Everything I Need to Know in Life, I Learned from The Beatles. Maybe there is. Ok, I Googled for you, there’s a Facebook page. Most useful for the business at hand, the thing I learned from The Beatles is that a minute really is a long time, when you look at it properly. Go Netflix or Google or YouTube Yellow Submarine – the movie. You can accomplish a lot in a minute, including character development, all you need is love. Yeah, that’s right, love, love of theater, love of what you’re doing, love of the audience, love of a challenge. That and a little rampant badassery.
The First Boston One-Minute Play Festival will take place Jan 7-9, 2012 in partnership with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. 70 new plays by 35+ Boston and New England Playwrights. For tickets and info, click here.