Scriptd is live! Check out September's gripping plays!
Today, Scriptd officially launched to the public! Months ago Scriptd began as just a whim of an idea. To be honest, I wasn't even sure if people would be interested in a service like this. After lots of planning and work, Scriptd began a pre-launch phase. The hope was to generate buzz and validate the idea. A pre-launch would also help compile customer insights and feedback. During Scriptd's month-long pre-launch, to my shock, more than 800 people signed up for our email list!
Thank you for joining me on this journey! Your ideas, feedback, and support made Scriptd possible. I hope you are excited to dig in to some powerful plays.
Break a leg,
September 2017: Play Selections
Without further ado, let's dive into the gripping plays slated for our inaugural month: September 2017.
Taylor Mac once said, "I believe all plays are flawed except the extremely boring ones so stop trying to make my play perfect."
Hir is anything but extremely boring. Mac is right, it is flawed...but, in the best possible way. It's a messy play that provides a lot of ideas to wrestle with. The play masterfully explores the nature and fluidity of identity and how it relates to our past, cultural concerns about the decline of the middle class, and the affects and cycle of trauma. Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune called the play "a major dramatic work of the 21st-century American theater.” This subversive comedy deconstructs the traditional family drama and makes it almost surreal.
Summary: Isaac returns to this suburban home from war to find his family in disarray. His mother (semi-mad and recently liberated from an oppressive marriage) is on a rampage to establish a "new world order," his sister (now his brother) is newly out as transgender, and his father has suffered a debilitating stroke. How does a person or family move forward from trauma and change? Is it even possible?
Let the smells of mint go heady and defenceless
Like inmates liberated in that yard.
Like the disregarded ones we turned against
Because we'd failed them by our disregard.
This is the last stanza of Seamus Heaney's poem "Mint."
Rebecca Gilman revealed that Luna Gale was originally called The Disregarded, inspired by this poem. It would have been a fitting title for a play that takes a hard look at the dilapidated and underfunded welfare programs designed to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Gilman crafts a world with a quiet, easy realism and has a penchant for finding compassionate ways to portray characters in a tough situation. At the end of the day, each of the characters are just grasping at straws and hoping for a miracle.
Summary: Caroline, a veteran social worker with too large a case load, must make life and death decisions about the placement of a baby (Luna Gale) currently living with drug addicted parents. Caroline must confront her own biases and traumas while trying to determine the motives of the concerned parties. And, with limited information she makes a very risky decision that will forever impact young Luna.