Let’s just start with the fact that I’m a theater geek. I was active in the drama club in both junior high and high school (no I never had the leading role in a play) and I go to the theater often. I see Broadway and Off-Broadway, musicals, comedies, dramas —everything. Early in 2014 I finally got a theater-related freelance project. I did social media for an Off-Broadway musical. I wish I could say it was a huge hit, but… That’s showbiz.
Since the show closed I’ve exchanged periodic emails with the show’s creators so when I received an email from one of them it was the content that surprised me. She’d stumbled on a MONSTER opportunity —an anthology and production of monologues and short plays on the subject of monsters, associated with the theater department at Transylvania University. (Who knew that Transylvania University is a liberal arts school in Lexington, KY?)
I thanked her for the heads-up and pondered. Could I do this? Well, I got the email on May 7 so there was no possibility I could write a play and submit it by June 1. Even given endless amounts of time, I’ve never gotten further than initial baby steps in that arena, BUT… what about a monologue?
I let that notion roll around in my head for a few days and then BOOM. I reformulated an idea I’d already planned as a story into the monologue in the voice of monstrous man. Is it good enough to win a coveted spot in the anthology or even get produced? I doubt it. It’s not that I don’t think I did a good job, it’s more that I’m new to this idea of being a playwright while NOT new to open submissions. Does my monologue have snowball’s chance in hell? Maybe a little bit better than that. How about the chance of Dr. Frankenstein escaping the villagers with torches? The more important question is —will I try to write a play for real?