While getting my BA in Theatre, I was introduced to Suzan-Lori Parks, a playwright whose credits include 365 Days/365 Plays. For the project, Parks committed to writing at least one play every day for an entire year.
And by a play, I don’t mean an entire 3-act, 60 page drama. Some of the plays were one sentence. Some a paragraph. Others a solid page and a half.
But Parks committed to write something. Every day. For an entire year. You’ve got to admire that.
I did, anyway. I still do.
The book itself is what you might expect. Some of the plays are boring, or dull, or repetitive. Others are hilarious, heart-wrenching, or inspiring. When you write every day, some days are hits and others are misses. The point isn’t the product. It’s the process.
Inspired by Parks, starting April 23, 2010, I committed to my own play a day project on Livejournal. Unlike Parks, I didn’t always succeed.
Especially once I got into the thick of graduate school, the plays tapered off. My last Livejournal entry is from October 5, 2012.
But now, almost five years later, on April 1, 2015 (there must be something about April), I feel inspired to pick up the mantle again.
I will create a separate category for the plays, since some readers may only be interested in them, others only interested in my blog entries, and some interested in both.
And if you’d like to read any of my old work, you can find the first play here and move forward.
**Update: Once again, I have found I do not always – or even reliably – succeed at writing daily, and once again I found myself abandoning the project. You can still find all the Play a Day entries I did write here on my website.