The Project

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Updates

On a mysterious whim, I sent the following message to my Facebook and Twitter followers at 7:46 pm, Tuesday, June 26, 2012,

“Dear everyone: GIVE ME TITLES, PLEASE. I will write a short play for each title given and film me reading each script.”

By the end of the night, I had received 64 titles. I do not know why I thought it would be any less than that. Perhaps I had been drinking (I had been drinking).

On this site, I’ll post each video as I finish them, but I also wanted to make sure everything is understood, so a couple of ground rules. These are more for me than for anyone reading, but just so we’re all on the same page:

1) I will do as I said. I will write a short play for each title I received and I will film myself reading it.

2) The videos will be online and on this site here.

3) I reserve the right to make each play as short or as long as I so choose. This might be a cop-out, but I don’t care. Look at it this way: if I wrote an average of five pages for each play, that’s 320 pages. The rule of thumb for theater is one page per minute, so that’s five hours and twenty minutes of plays. If I were to spend the next 64 days writing a five-and-a-half hour long play, I’d be hailed not as lazy, but as insane. Plus, anything over 5 minutes on YouTube gets tiresome.

4) On the videos, the quality of them will also be on the fly. There might be days where I’m feeling especially creative and have ample time to set up shots and put together some sort of performance. There also might be days where I’m reading into my computer’s camera in an airport bathroom (which could arguably be better).

We begin tomorrow. A thanks to everyone who gave me a title. I’m incredibly apprehensive about this entire project, I have no idea what good will come out of it, and I think all of that’s a good thing.


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