It is now day number three in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Well, in my world it’s evening of day number three. I’m feeling throughly exhausted after a enormously busy weekend, but I am here to make my post for today anyway. I’ll sleep soon enough. I promised myself I would write a blog post every day this month and tired or not, I intend to keep that promise to myself. Today the friendly people at Ultimate Blog Challenge recommended that we blog about where we hope to end up; what our goals are, in our blogging enterprises.
In my case I can answer that question without a lot of fuss. I aim to create lots of theatre. I look forward to both directing new plays, as well as writing new plays. And, I anticipate spending a good long while blogging about what it’s like for me, being a working playwright.
While I’m on the subject of being a playwright, it comes to mind that often when people ask me about being a playwright entails they often have quite a few misconceptions about what the goal actually is. Unlike the goals of writers who create works of fiction intended for reading silently while curled up, catlike, in a comfy armchairs, plays are not written with publication as the end goal. Plays are written to be performed in front of audiences. Plays are written to be experienced; not merely read.
While it is nice to get ones plays published, of course, publication is only really useful to playwrights in one important way. Publication of one’s plays enables a wider variety of theatres to discover and produce one’s plays. Playwrights write plays as a means of creating new experiences in live theatre for the audiences who attend plays.
This is actually why the word playwright is spelled as it is and not as playwrite. The etymology of the word goes something like this:
The word “wright” means a person who builds something, a craftsperson. When “wright” is used as a suffix of a longer word, the prefix of that longer word is indicative of what it is that the craftsperson builds. So, a person who is a playwright is a crafter of plays. A creator of theatre, if you will.
Unlike stories that are written to be read silently by one person, plays are not created to be mere collections of words on a page. Plays are a lot more like blueprints than they are like books. The director, designers, technicians, and actors all come together and use a the words that the playwright has written to build an experience for the audiences who come to see the play. In that way, playwrights aren’t really writers at all. They are more like architects.
So, there you have it. My goal as a playwright is to create theatrical experiences for audiences. My goal in blogging is to spread around a bit of the joy I take from my life as a playwright. By and large, my experiences as a playwright have been joyful. It is my wish that more people are able to discover that they too are the creators of their own life stories. Like me, other people have the option to create happiness in their lives. I create happiness in my life every time I write a new play. If that’s not a noble goal, I don’t know what is!