Maybe this is a bad thing for a playwright to admit, but I sometimes play for the other side. I occasionally evaluate the scripts of other playwrights.
I’m a merciless mercenary, yes, but I would like to think I’m professional as well. But that’s a difficult thought to maintain when I all too often “pitch” the play to myself as if I was in The Player. Following are my personal capsulations for plays which will remain anonymous (though some you may have heard of):
- “It’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead meets The West Wing!”
- “It’s Proof meets Arcadia”!
- “It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Nell! It’s Jodie Fosterrific!”
- “It’s Henry V meets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern meets Kelly’s Heroes!”
- “It’s Rope meets Archie Comics meets The Big Chill meets Cavalier and Clay meets Tales from the Crypt meets Mad Magazine meets AIDS plays!”
Wow, I read some fun plays! And I’ve got to lay off the Stoppard.