My first two short plays, Conundrum and Rule of Thumb, were read this month at Playwrights Collaborative–and I got some good feedback; the plays captured more than what I visualized. Some one else reading my work showed me the realistic connections with family dynamic, a theme I’ve been carving at for some time, especially with Rule of Thumb. This one doesn’t need as much revision, as I’ll go ahead and submit it to theatres–the other ones does, a bit. Divorce themes are difficult, yet they also are very realistic. I really struggled with Conundrum, part of the writing process, at times. I thought the actors did a pretty good job with my readings; and I enjoyed learning about younger talent with the actor who was cast as Olson in Rule of Thumb. I liked how he captured some of the sarcastic nuances in relation to survival with abusive relatives–the obnoxious hilarity of him working his character’s dialogue with the grandmother, for a second, I forgot it was my play and had a hard time not continuously laughing. Pitting a young male character against between two irrational characters who happen to be female is interesting, and the part where he seized the opportunity to hone in on the mother’s unforeseen, unbelievable manner of abusing his essay was gratifying experience, meaning the actors understood the character/characters. I liked how I layered this short play with several threads reverting back to what the main part of the play was about. So I got to see for the first time in a professional environment: paper read out loud–something I created, which would have taken more of a lifetime, probably, if I was half the age I am now in worrying about what it would sound like up on a stage; but it feels pretty good. And when actors can relate and/or identify with a character or want more from the characters, it speaks volumes. I’ve started a list of theatres to send my work to. so I’ll see what happens. In terms of the more difficult short play, Conundrum, the actors also did a good job. I noticed a few blank spots that need fixing draft-wise–more continuity to the scene giving characters more of a substantiation for their differences. The reader of my stage directions mentioned, during the question and answer period, necessitating stage performance to be able to see more effectively, clearly, the unexpected ending in which there is a suicide. I think the unexpectedness is pivotal in understanding the inner conflict, maybe, more of the inner need of the female character that learns she has to adjust her life and self were she didn’t expect to. Playwriting is interesting. You change one word, one line, like poetry, and it changes the entire context of a page or a character.