I was interviewed for my play for ScriptWork's Out of Ink, opening this weekend.
Marshall Ryan Maresca's SLEPT THE WHOLE WAY is part of Out of Ink: Sound Off, the 14th Annual Showcase of 10 Minute Plays.
"Four people wake up from suspension sleep on a space ship to find something has gone horribly wrong."
1) Three required ingredients, 48 hours - how did you start your play?
In this case, it was with a series of false starts. For the Out of Ink
plays, I've found that one ingredient has to form the spine of the
play, the driving force. So the first step was figuring out which
ingredient worked best in that role. This year, I analyzed the three
ingredients to see how they worked with each other, which ingredient
might "demand" being the driving force of the play. The 3000/300
ingredient gave of a sense of scope, that the play needed to be epic in
scale. This made it the most logical choice to be the spine. But
figuring out what that scope would mean became the big challenge. Let
alone the 300 characters-- how to express 3000 years in a way that can
make sense on stage in a 10-minute play? I tried several different
paths, most of which showed my roots as a sci-fi/fantasy writer, such as
2) Did one of the ingredients this provide a special challenge? If so, how did you approach it?
This time around, it was the children's song/rhyme/fairytale rule.
Just as one rule makes the spine of the play, one rule tends to be
almost tangential. In one of my failed paths, I played around with the
idea of using it as a code phrase. ("Mother Goose, this is Rapunzel. I
need to let down my hair. Repeat, Rapunzel needs to let down her hair.")
Once I reached a certain point in "Slept the Whole Way", I knew I was
going to need a code phrase, so that was the obvious way I could use
3) How do you like to approach a rehearsal process and collaborators - what are your expectations for any revisions?
For Out Of Ink, I'm personally opposed to making revisions, beyond the
most minor of line/business changes. Anything more feels like cheating
the process of the 48 hours.
4) What else are you working on right now?
I'm a fantasy/sci-fi novelist, and I'm currently working on a draft of
an action-heavy political-thriller fantasy. I have three other
manuscripts currently seeking a publisher. Excerpts of those three are
available at my website, www.mrmaresca.com
OUT OF INK 2012: SOUND OFF
ScriptWork’s 14th Annual Ten Minute Play Showcase
Blue Theatre, 916 Springdale Rd.
April 19-21 and 26-28, 2012 at 8 PM
Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 students/seniors/ScriptWorks
April 19th is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview
$25 includes pre-show reception at Zhi Tea (4607 Bolm Road) and performance on Saturday, April 21st
Purchase tickets online.