The Nakai 24-hour Playwriting Competition Cabaret was last night. A talented local actor, a first-time actor, and myself (also a first-time actor), performed one of the scenes from my play, "Defenders of Fieldston: The Origin of Crimefighting Guy". I was really pleased with it! To be honest, I think it was acted better than I wrote it.
I was pleasantly surprised when the actor said he'd like to do the whole play. I was also pleasantly surprised (read "shocked") when they announced the winners of the competition and I found out that my play - out of the twenty-ish plays that were written during the competition - won third place!
The prize is $100, compliments of the Yukon News, so not only was I surprised that the actor wants to do the whole play, and not only was I shocked that I won third place, but I was flabbergasted that I made money by writing a play! Admittedly, the rate of pay works out to $4.17/hr, but I'm not complaining at all. That's more than most playwrights make, right?!?
If it sounds like I'm bragging, it's because I am.
But the surprises didn't end there. The competition's dramaturge (who was also one of the judges) suggested that I consider having my play produced for the Nakai Theatre's Homegrown Festival. I had never thought that my play might be good enough to make it to the stage - I just wanted to see if I could write one.
Well, I'm thinking about it now...