2014 was busy. And not just a little busy, but like BUSY. I had this constant feeling of being under water on nearly all of my projects, getting a gasp here and there, but mostly just freaking the hell out. But, with it being behind us and all, I thought I’d look back and see what I got done in that back breaking year. And so….
What I Wrote In 2014!
IRO ST. CLOUD; THE QUEST FOR PEGASUS
Finally a title I don’t hate! We’ll see if it sticks… But, Iro St. Cloud; The Quest For Pegasus, was commissioned by Custom Made Theatre. It follows the story of one orphan’s quest to find the mythical winged horse Pegasus. I started the play in February of 2014, had a first draft by April, second draft in June, third draft after the reading in September, and I just finished up draft four!
GIRL FRIEND – a screenplay!
My first screenplay! I started Girl Friend, the anti-romantic comedy about a girl trying to convince her best friend to not have romantic feelings for her, back in June. I banged out the first and second draft in August, and in a crazy furor managed to finish a third draft amidst the holiday and submitting insanity of December.
THE RED HOUSE MONSTER
Based on the myth of Geryon, commissioned by The San Francisco Olympians Festival, The Red House Monster is a thriller, following the head-strong Hannah Gold and her obsession with The Red House and its occupant. A fantastic reading of The Red House Monster terrified its audience back in November with the help of Ariel Craft, the brilliant director, and my outstanding cast: Megan Briggs, Jan Gilbert, Maria Leigh, Eden Neuendorf, and Ron Talbot.
THE LOST GHOST, an adaptation
A final project for my Playcrafting and Dramaturgy class, I adapted The Lost Ghost by Mary E. Wilkins into a twenty minute horror play. In the play, Mrs. John Emerson is dragged back into her first hand ghost experience as she tells the story to a friend.
Ten Minute Scripts:
Many of my ten-minute plays from 2014 came from PlayGround prompts, and to that I am grateful. They inspired the following plays:
HAPPY IN CALIFORNIA – January
Topic: CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: Ten-Minute Plays Inspired by the California Experience
THE HAPPINESS GAP – February
Topic: “Math Night”: A PASSION FOR PRIMES
Produced by the Stonington Players in November!
EVERYTHING IS FINE – March
‘All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…’
- from Shakespeare’s As You Like It
READING BABAR IN 2070 – October
Topic: IS EARTH F**KED?
And Reading Babar in 2070 was selected! It was performed at Berkeley Rep and down at Stanford as a special treat.
THE APPLICANTS – November
Topic: “Musical Theatre Night”: “NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT”: An Evening of Gershwin-Inspired Plays and Musicals
HOW GRETCHEN STOLE CHRISTMAS – December
Topic: GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Other ten-minute plays I wrote last year include:
NO TALKING ALLOWED!
One Minutes Scripts:
One of my favorite scripts of all time. Read it here: http://rachelbublitz.com/blog/2014/09/04/a-new-short-play-fanny-pack/. I have some ideas bouncing around of using Furia and Perdita in a longer piece.
SHARING IS CARING
To be performed at Stage Left Theatre’s Fast & Furious 2015 this month!
PEPE LE PEW
Written for and performed at Playwright Foundation’s 5th Annual San Francisco One Minute Play Festival this past December.
TRAINED FOR LOVE
Also written for and performed at the #1MPF!
LUCY (working title), full length
One of my final projects for my Short Play Writing Workshop last semester was a play about consent and the gray areas of rape, not a topic I ever imagined I’d write about but felt completely compelled to. I was (and still am) proud of this play, and upon finishing Act One, I realized that there was a second act to be written.
Writing For 2015:
This year I have a few huge projects on the horizon; a full-length play inspired by Nancy Wake for DIVAfest’s LOUD & UNLADYLIKE New Play Festival happening this summer, a one-act play inspired by the sea-witch Circe for the 6th Annual SF Olympians Festival, and finishing up the second half of Lucy. I’ll also be working on my thesis for my Master’s in English degree – I’m on the two-degrees-for-the price-of-one track at SFSU, and finishing up the rest of the classes I need for my MFA. And yes, submitting like an insane person.
I’m excited. I’m ready. 2015, let’s do this.