The Greensboro Playwrights' Forum invites you to be a playwright by providing you with these monthly writing assignments. You don't have to be a member of the Forum or even attend the meetings to try the assignments. We encourage anyone to try one each month. We hope you will bring them to our meeting on the second Wednesday of each month (7-9 pm) and hear them read out loud.
Write a short play that includes the following:
Situation: Standing in line at the supermarket.
Characters: Two people, either gender.
Props: A bottle of wine and a large onion.
Line: "I can't believe I did that."
October and November assignments
- I called the wrong number and started talking about my life. In a few minutes you interrupt me after I have revealed some pretty personal stuff. Now, you're invested in my life's troubles.
- You’re a vet and I’m pleading with you to save my goldfish. You’re the first vet I’ve seen who hasn’t told me to go buy another goldfish.
- It’s my turn to open the café today and you were sleeping under one of the tables. I don’t know what to say so I just swept around you.
- I’m drunk on public transport and you’re high; we both keep looking at each other knowingly.
- You found me crying over a dropped bowl of noodles. I’m not usually like this; it’s just a really bad week.
- You thought I was someone else and started making out with me at a club. I just went along with it. Now, we're heading to your place and I don’t know how to break it to you.
Here are some samples of past assignments:
Write a play that includes the following:
Setting: Interior of a car going down the highway.
Cast: Three characters (two women and one man or two men and one woman)
Props: A sprig of mistletoe and a goldfish bowl, complete with water and goldfish.
Line: "Uh-oh. Santa's not going to like this."
At least three, but no more than five, people are trapped in an elevator that is stuck between floors.
Props: A bouquet of flowers and a suitcase.
Write a 10-page play geared for young audiences. Use action and quick dialogue to move the plot along. Fables and fairy tales are good starting points. Do not forget that adults enjoy theatre for young audiences, too.
Write a short play where your main character arrives on a locale (diner, church, street corner, etc.) where rituals/routines are strange. The protagonist meets a "native" who tries to help assimilate the protagonist to the "normal" rituals. Use the line, "Well, you have to smile."