HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (AND A PLEA FOR HELP that isn’t $$)!

January 13th, 2015 donnahoke

 

Today, TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (TAPT) celebrates its one-year anniversary (okay, it’s actually tomorrow, but today is Tuesday, so…). Except for three Tuesdays, it has run every single week, and every single week, playwrights have shown up to trade plays. There have been nearly a thousand traded, and more than a few have gone on to be produced as a result of revisions inspired by the feedback received. (Read six-month update with testimonials here.)

 

If you don’t know what Trade A Play Tuesday is, please click here to read the guidelines and learn how to participate.

 

While I understand that TAPT is not for everybody, those who enjoy and use it have good things to say about the camaraderie, the feedback received, and the value of it as a resource in getting feedback for ten-minute plays, which can be difficult to do. In fact, my only complaint is that—even though I tweet about it and put it up on Official Playwrights of Facebook every Tuesday—not enough playwrights know about it, and this is where I ask for your help. Here’s how you might do that:

 

1) If you see the post on Official Playwrights of Facebook, share it. Or like it or comment on it, which will keep it near the top where it’s more likely to be seen. I was surprised last week when a regular OPFB poster asked what it was; in a year, she had never seen the weekly reminder.

 

2) Follow me on Twitter @donnahoke and, when you see the weekly reminders, don’t just Favorite them, Retweet them. Favoriting does nothing to get the word out to other playwrights and/or theaters who follow you. Theaters in particular—you are followed by TONS of playwrights; a retweet from you can reach thousands.

 

3) If you have a blog, please run a piece on TAPT’s anniversary. I can get testimonials for you, or do a short interview. The more it’s being mentioned out there, the better.

 

4) Mention it in your playwriting groups. TAPT also takes ten-page scenes, as well as ten-minute plays.

 

I have enjoyed running TAPT and some Tuesdays have indeed been very busy, but not all of them. Please know that I get nothing out of this personally (other than feedback when I need it), but if I am going to continue to be home all day on Tuesday to run this service, I want it to be reaching more people. A year is a long time for it to continue with little to no promotion; this tells me that it’s needed. Please help it to continue. Thank you!

 

Written by donnahoke

donnahoke

Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 40 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner for Outstanding New Play), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, Naatak National Playwriting Contest, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, top ten Woodward/Newman finalist); she’s also authored more than two dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions. Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

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2 Comments on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (AND A PLEA FOR HELP that isn’t $$)!”

  1. 1 JT NICHOLS said at 5:13 pm on January 13th, 2015:

    where and how do I submit? I am a technical idiot, so….do I attach a play to your personal email? or what?

  2. 2 donnahoke said at 5:19 pm on January 13th, 2015:

    Click on the link in the first paragraph that says “Trade A Play Tuesday,” or on the one in the second paragraph that says, “If you don’t know what Trade A Play Tuesday is, click here…”


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