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 time travel.
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 that ingredient.
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.