by M.J. Moneymaker, Board Member of The Bechdel Group
Twice a year The Bechdel Group has a 24 Hour Writing Challenge where writers and actors collaborate to put on an evening of ten-minute plays that pass the Bechdel test. Our current challenge will take place July 24-25th.
Last month, we decided to turn some of the plays ( with the permission of the writers ) into podcasts. We started the ball rolling with a ten-minute play by M.J. Moneymaker called, “Untitled," which is a story about an interview with God. Below are a few questions we asked the writer.
What inspired this piece?
Friends on Facebook had helped me with writing prompts. I choose: documentary, heaven, that weird sour liquid candy that comes in a tube. So, the jump to an interview with God wasn’t far.
How did the reading make you feel?
They laughed. Actors played. The audience joined in. It was as funny as it was in my head.
Was the experience motivating?
Very much so, I had had a writer’s block. I found having a deadline and getting to play reminded me that…
it’s suppose to fun. And to push through a block I needed to just write.
Why do you think your play passes the Bechdel test?
It’s an interview with God, and all the players are women. Plus, romance is only hinted at…
Enjoy listening to the podcast.
Original cast for the Monday night reading:
The Bechdel Group
Working to challenge the portrayal of women in film and on stage.