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If you've already written a monologue, and are interested in developing a play, this is the exercise for you! These steps will help you identify essential information about the story you've created in your monologue and will ask you questions to begin to turn your monologue into a scene!
Are you interested in creating plays from the world around you? Is there an issue in the world you're moved to speak out about? This exercise will help you delve into creating a story around a real-world conflict by exploring the many voices involved in a current events issue. It will also direct you to examples of published plays dealing with current events topics.
Having trouble beginning your play? Do you have too many ideas? Not enough ideas? Here's a simple way to ease into writing a scene without too much pre-planning.
If you are having trouble beginning and want to do some brainstorming to find your characters and the basic outline of your play, here's a great place to start! This is also a useful activity if you find that music helps your thoughts flow.
by 8th Grader Lucy Palandro
Appropriate for ages 13+
Aurelia comes from a loving, traditional Catholic family and she cares deeply about them and what they think of her and her choices. So when her interests in Mae, a girl in her neighborhood, run deeper than just wanting to be friends, Aurelia’s internal tug of war between herself and her family manifests in the real world with Mae caught in the middle.