Write the play you want.
Don’t limit your story because you’ve been told that audiences don’t want plays longer than ninety minutes or without intermissions. Don’t limit your story because you’ve been told that theatre companies want small casts and simple sets.
There are plenty of plays that would not exist – Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays – often produced – award-winning – crowd-pleasing – plays that would not exist if the playwrights had followed that advice.
Can Phantom of the Opera exist without the Chandelier? Does Angels in America need to be staged with a descending angel? Would August: Osage County be better if it was cut down from three hours to ninety minutes?
Of course not.
Those very elements define them. They do not limit them.
Feel free to write the story you want to tell. Don’t limit your imagination.
On that first draft have as many characters and scenes as you want. Explore your world – let it grow. Whether or not you do a detailed outline or just plunge in and begin writing – production requirements and cast size, at this point in the process, don’t matter.
At this point all that matters is the story – so, let the story be told.
To check out a few of my thoughts about the importance of hunger over want for a character check out my blog: Hungry Characters – we don’t just hunger for food – we hunger for love and understanding – power and money – knowledge and happiness.
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