I'm back. You're back. We're all back. Welcome to Crazytown. I always want to thank the people who allow me to write this wee blog.
Now I may have touched upon this before, so please forgive me if I go into overload. I like me some 10 minute plays. Actually, I love writing them. I have nearly 50 ready to go (I think).
Topics range from the award-winning Brine Shrimp Gangsters to the thrilling love story Elvis Dry Humps Nixon. Heck, I even got a play about Trump published (Trump vs. Kahlo). Buy it. I get a whole dollar in royalties.
Now a few weeks ago, before my brush with food poisoning, I volunteered to be part of a Fringe activity where I'd write a play in the space of 2 hours and that play would be performed later that night. I did this long distance.
Basically, a playwriting group I belong to received frantic calls for help to be a part of said Fringe program. There would be no pay but the plays would definitely be staged. It's been a while since my work has been on stage.
Well, like the dumbass that I am, I agreed to write a play based on a prompt. 10 minute play. No problem. Right? The prompt was unwanted change. I asked for and received demographic information about the players.
I ended up writing a masterpiece entitled Rudi and Azalea Go Fishing. It could've been worse - Rudi and Azalea Go Fisting
The unwanted change was that Rudi had to adjust to fly fishing - because Rudi - goofball Rudi - lost the last worm in the county. He drops it. The fishers (nice word) learn that the creek is where an old dirty, dirty mill used to be.
Just when Rudi gets the hang of fly fishing, something terrible involving a mutant worm happens. It's a comedy. Read it here.
Like a triple dumbass, I agreed to write a second play. The artistic director sent me the prompt two hours later than agreed. Sigh. This time the prompt was the rather unwieldy too many balls in the air.
Yeah. So I took that and ran with it. Hera and Juno's Shooting Party was the result. Basically Greco-Roman goddesses Hera and Juno go target shooting. Shooting planets. You can read it here.
So I wrote these two plays - and had the following exchange with the artistic director. I had previously asked him to somehow document the performances.
"What was the audience response to the plays I wrote? And the actors? Any feedback?"
"Honestly, the whole thing was a whirlwind. Shows were generally well received. Thank you so much for participating."
Uh, you're welcome totally. For giving me a chance at a performance I have no proof exists.
BRYAN STUBBLES is a playwright and sometime screenwriter as well as Crazytown's most eligible bachelor. His ten minute masterpiece Trump vs Kahlo is available here. His one-act play The Wicked Life of Patience Boston had a reading in West Virginia in December as well. The Noose had a performance at the Great Salt Lake Fringe in the summer.
Brine Shrimp Gangsters will be published this year by Smith & Kraus.
Please watch a short film he cowrote: