As a playwright, the overall goal when crafting a play, is to create a scenario that will carry the story to an engaging conclusion. Once the story is completed, it is the hope of the playwright that the story will have legs so to speak and find the right home, in order to share the playwright's vision with the public.
It's always gratifying when one's aspirations are rewarded with the opportunity to realize this goal when actors bring the play to life.. On Thursday, August 7, "Retribution" had its first date with the public via Sundog Theatre's, "Summer Reading Series" and by all accounts having not been in attendance, it was well received.
In the way of background information, the one-act play was born in a writing forum as part of a playwriting challenge a number of years ago. The only stipulation was that the subject matter had to focus on revenge. Before embarking on all writing projects, I always start with two words, "what if..." Initially, "Retribution" began as a short 10-minute play called, "A Close Shave" focusing on a barber and a man receiving a shave. Over time and during the editing process, it took on a life of its own with an adaption of the story and taking a different angle. The play itself can best be described in the quotation, "revenge is a dish best served cold" or this line from the synopsis: "After years of patiently waiting and planning for their paths to cross, she has an opportunity to exact revenge for a past crime committed by a former acquaintance that had gone unpunished."
In as far as reaction to the play is concerned, Sundog Theatre's Eric Petillo, Curator of New Works and Administrative Assistant, wrote of the actors reaction when reading the play that "they all raved about your play. They told me that it had taken them all by
surprise when the script suddenly took a left turn. One of the audience members
said that it was a cross between "Steel Magnolias" and a Quentin Tarantino
Ask me if I'm happy.
My story being compared to a Quentin Tarantino revenge fantasy AND 'Steel Magnolias', which is a favorite film, is some compliment! The only complaint was that it was difficult to visualize the graphic imagery accompanying the dialogue with the
reading of my stage directions, The overall conclusion was that the whole play would benefit more from
a full-scale production. Agree whole-heartedly.
For the record and in case anyone reading this is interested, the play is ready for its debut and if Mr. Tarrantino is interested, my people can speak to your people...or something.