Broadway and Beyond: Browse New Scripts from Your Computer at Playscripts.com
by Andy Probst, AmericanTheatreWeb
Have you ever wished that you could know more about a new play before going to see it? I mean, you've heard that it got great reviews in New York and the theater's press materials all look impressive, but you ask yourself "What is it really about?"
Well, today I thought I'd give you one hint as to how you can take a read through some new scripts without leaving the comfort of your home. It's Playscripts.com which allows you to read the scripts that they publish online in PDF format.
Let's say, for instance, that you live in Dallas and have heard about the Kitchen Dog Theatre's upcoming production of John Walch's Circumference of a Squirrel. The title is certainly intriguing, isn't it? I can tell you that I've seen it a couple of times and it's a one-man show about a thirtysomething man coming to terms with his relationship with his father, but you still wonder, what is it with the title?
Well, a quick trip to Playscripts and a search on the title, and "Voila" the text of Walch's fine piece is right there on your screen. You'll find for instance the man's description of his childhood drive home from a local donut shop.
The other great thing about the site, for community theater groups or smaller theater companies looking for a script that hasn't been produced over and over again: You can search the Playscripts catalog for a particular kind of script -- comedy, drama, etc. You can also specify the ratio of men's roles to women's roles. All in all, Playscripts is a pretty handy place.
If you don't want to just wander into the site blind, a couple of other scripts that are being produced around the country include Language of Angels by Naomi Iizuka -- which is being produced by the Synchronicity Theatre Group in Atlanta this month and next. Also, Kid-Simple which will be seen at the PCPA TheatreFest in Santa Maria, CA in January.
This has been Andy Propst of AmericanTheaterWeb.com