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by M.J. Moneymaker, Board Member of The Bechdel Group
The Bechdel Group hosts a bi-annual event that challenges writers to write a ten minute play that passes The Bechdel Test in 24 hours. The writers select choose a cast from actor headshots and then they are off to write.
I've had the opportunity to participate in two of the challenges. As a writer, it's helped me discover ... I can write comedy. I don't think I'd have had the guts to test out my humor without such an inclusive and safe environment like the workshop space that The Bechdel Group has created. This is one of the reasons I suggested turning the plays into podcasts. I think it's clear, on hearing, the fun writers and actors have had creating something almost improvisational.
The following podcast is from our February 2017 24 Hour Writing Challenge. For this event, we challenged our writers to write a play inspired by "love" - but not by romantic love. Some of the plays used the word in dialogue, some as a theme, some merely as inspiration.
We recorded several of the plays after the event and gave the writers an opportunity to do any editing if they wanted. Then we recorded - no rehearsal. Some were done in one take - that's how stellar our actors are. So without further ado, The Bechdel Group presents...
A Quick Skit About Quitting - by Tommy Grimly
Amanda - Pam Karp
Mitch – Anthony Scavone
Kat – Laura Winters
Mosquitoes by Zapac (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/Zapac/30469 Ft: Mind Map That! (mindmapthat)
Sounding mixing and editing
MJ Moneymaker (tried... I'm still learning)
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