Theater Boots

There’s this picture I wanted to scan and post today, but I can’t find it. It’s of me standing in front of Buckham Alley Theatre in Flint, MI the night my very first play premiered. And I’m wearing cowboy boots. Yes, nothing says classy artist like cowboy boots. That night in June, 1997, was the most amazing experience I’ve had writing-wise so far.

I haven’t done much with plays since then. I wrote several one acts and ten-minute plays during college and had a staged reading of one of my favorites, but that’s about the extent of it. I still haven’t written a full-length play thought and it’s next on my list. Since I’m so far ahead of Dave in the novel contest I’ve sort of lost my ambition for that project. Instead, I’ve decided to write a stage adaption of the short story as well so I can enter the Ann Arbor Civic Theater’s Playwriting Contest.

So far, I’ve written about 8 pages and it’s been murder. Scriptwriting is such a different rythem than prose writing and I’m struggling to get back into that mindset. This is one of the reason’s I want to start working on this play now, even though the deadline isn’t until March 2007. I know the learning curve for getting back into playwriting mode is going to be steep. The first step in the process is to start reading and absorbing plays, I’m trying to stay away from the traditional mystery type plays because this isn’t going to be “The Mousetrap” or “Sleuth,” it’ll be more like “Glengarry Glen Ross” with bounty hunters.

I’m interested to see what dimensions this story takes in this format. It was already developing as a different novel from the short story and the play is shaping up as a depature from the story as well. Do any you have experience in adapting your work for more than one medium? Any desire to do so for those who haven’t?