Good practice guidelines for dramatic works

Plays and other dramatic works
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Post by annise » February 2nd, 2019, 2:34 pm

simply put
PLays were written to be performed not read
Dramatic readings were written to be read not performed
The limit applies to dramatic readings before they are catalogued.

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Post by JayKitty76 » February 2nd, 2019, 5:21 pm

annise wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 2:34 pm
simply put
PLays were written to be performed not read
Dramatic readings were written to be read not performed
The limit applies to dramatic readings before they are catalogued.

Anne
moniaqua wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 2:25 pm
JayKitty76 wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 12:45 pm
Does that mean only up to two at a time, or only two in the entire stretch that the volunteer is on LibriVox?
Given this explanation:
gloriana wrote:
February 17th, 2013, 7:23 pm
The reason for this limitation is that dramatic readings are a huge commitment, both for the BC and the MC. We estimate that each dramatic reading involves between 3 and 10 times the work of producing a reading of a normal play. Should something unexpected happen to the BC, picking up the pieces is too much potential work for others. This is, of course, magnified in a situation where a BC is juggling multiple dramatic readings. The rule applies to admins who are MCing as well as BCing their own projects. The rule also applies to co-BCs.
I'd say it is two at once. Else Todd couldn't have done something like a trillion or so plays ;)
Understood. Thanks-- that definitely explains it. Personally I've never noticed a volunteer who's done more than 2 plays, but I suppose that's because I haven't really looked :thumbs:
Once I'm done with all my current projects I plan to start a DR :)
Thanks, Anne and Monika!

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Post by annise » February 2nd, 2019, 6:03 pm

A DR needs a BC who is very experienced - maybe you need a bit more group BCing experience? Making the script is easy, managing a complex MW is not, and mistakes are quite difficult to sort out.

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Post by moniaqua » February 3rd, 2019, 12:23 am

You're welcome. I wouldn't approach it, but that's my personal opinion.

Btw, I just notice Todd was a not as good example, given Annes explanation, he does more plays. I think it is mighyfelix who does a lot of DRs. :) But still, it is a ton of work. I started to do one a couple of years ago, in German, I am not even through preparing it. I simply gave it up even before I had to fiddle around with the MW :)

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Post by mightyfelix » February 3rd, 2019, 8:26 am

You're right, Monika, that I've been involved in a fair handful of DRs in one capacity or another, but the Dr. Dolittle that's in the works now is actually the first one that I've coordinated. I have done one full length play and a few one acts as well. I think Beth (Elizabby) is the one who's really the DR guru. She's done at least three that I've been involved in so far, and a few more that I haven't, with one (edit: no, actually two) in the works right now.

As for me, I find that one DR at a time is plenty! They certainly can get very complex, and of course, the longer the book and the more characters there are, the more complicated it becomes. You need to be very organized right from the beginning, to make sure everything's there. You don't want to get almost to the finish line and then realize that you're missing one or two lines from a character who has already been recorded, and by a reader who has since disappeared!

(Edit: if I didn't have other projects, I might be ok with running two DRs at once, but I always seem to have several other things I'm BCing at the same time.)

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Post by JayKitty76 » February 4th, 2019, 12:19 pm

Hmm. Okay, I'll wait till I have more experience, then. I'm BCing 2 group projects currently and I do have a Solo going right now, so it is a lot of work :)
Thanks, Devorah, Anne, and Monika :thumbs:

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Post by TriciaG » February 4th, 2019, 3:20 pm

You could "get your feet wet" by doing a play in the one-act plays collection. That's one of its purposes. :)

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Post by mightyfelix » February 4th, 2019, 4:31 pm

That's a great idea, Tricia! I don't know why I didn't think of it. That's how I got started with DRs.

(Actually, I think it was the 12th Anniversary Collection, but it's pretty much the same process.)

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Post by ToddHW » February 4th, 2019, 5:23 pm

Current One Act Play Collection is nearly done, but there will be another one starting soon.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by JayKitty76 » February 5th, 2019, 5:27 pm

ToddHW wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Current One Act Play Collection is nearly done, but there will be another one starting soon.

Thanks, Todd
TriciaG wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:20 pm
You could "get your feet wet" by doing a play in the one-act plays collection. That's one of its purposes. :)
It sounds really interesting :) I'm just not exactly sure how it differs from a regular play? (Or what is it exactly?) I'm not trying to be skeptical by asking how it differs, I just honestly don't know the difference-- I haven't really looked into it :)

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Post by annise » February 5th, 2019, 5:49 pm

viewtopic.php?p=1438994#p1438994 - go and have a look. I'm assuming you aren't asking what the difference between a one-act play and a more than one act play :D

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Post by Availle » February 5th, 2019, 5:50 pm

Maybe you should look into it before "being skeptical and asking others".

The current one-act-play collection is here
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=69214

and has 41 pages for you to peruse and find stuff out on your own. :D
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Post by JayKitty76 » February 5th, 2019, 6:14 pm

annise wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:49 pm
viewtopic.php?p=1438994#p1438994 - go and have a look. I'm assuming you aren't asking what the difference between a one-act play and a more than one act play :D

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Availle wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Maybe you should look into it before "being skeptical and asking others".

The current one-act-play collection is here
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=69214

and has 41 pages for you to peruse and find stuff out on your own. :D
Thank you. I missed the sticky on the planning thread. I'll check it out.

Thanks,
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Post by ToddHW » February 5th, 2019, 7:22 pm

JayKitty76 wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:27 pm
ToddHW wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Current One Act Play Collection is nearly done, but there will be another one starting soon.

Thanks, Todd
TriciaG wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:20 pm
You could "get your feet wet" by doing a play in the one-act plays collection. That's one of its purposes. :)
It sounds really interesting :) I'm just not exactly sure how it differs from a regular play? (Or what is it exactly?) I'm not trying to be skeptical by asking how it differs, I just honestly don't know the difference-- I haven't really looked into it :)
The Collection intends to give those who might someday run a full play a taste of the experience with a couple of major simplifications. First, the MW is set up and run for you (and the people running the other 9 one act plays) by an overall BC so you don't have to deal with all that stuff. (In fact, constraints in our database software mean we can't allow that many people to have access to the MW in any project - here we make that into an advantage.) You are still responsible to pick a play, provide links to a good script source, supposed to get someone to PL the lines, and you will need to do (or barter for) the editing. The collection becomes a community of 10 folks running the plays and potentially sharing hints amongst the group as well as having an experienced overall BC and other folks to help.

Second, you are dealing with a shorter play - 30-45 minutes perhaps instead of multiple hours - and often with a much smaller cast - maybe 3-5 people instead of dozens. Having fewer people with fewer parts each (ie, only one act of recording instead of 5 different act files submitted) to chase down to get everything done becomes much easier. Some people prefer one act plays. Like short stories, they are a different beast from their longer full fledged literary forms. Story lines are cleaner, readers may have an easier time understanding who they are and how they should interact in the course of the play (often less rounded characters, less ambiguity).

Thanks, Todd

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Post by JayKitty76 » February 5th, 2019, 7:28 pm

ToddHW wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 7:22 pm
JayKitty76 wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:27 pm
ToddHW wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Current One Act Play Collection is nearly done, but there will be another one starting soon.

Thanks, Todd
TriciaG wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:20 pm
You could "get your feet wet" by doing a play in the one-act plays collection. That's one of its purposes. :)
It sounds really interesting :) I'm just not exactly sure how it differs from a regular play? (Or what is it exactly?) I'm not trying to be skeptical by asking how it differs, I just honestly don't know the difference-- I haven't really looked into it :)
The Collection intends to give those who might someday run a full play a taste of the experience with a couple of major simplifications. First, the MW is set up and run for you (and the people running the other 9 one act plays) by an overall BC so you don't have to deal with all that stuff. (In fact, constraints in our database software mean we can't allow that many people to have access to the MW in any project - here we make that into an advantage.) You are still responsible to pick a play, provide links to a good script source, supposed to get someone to PL the lines, and you will need to do (or barter for) the editing. The collection becomes a community of 10 folks running the plays and potentially sharing hints amongst the group as well as having an experienced overall BC and other folks to help.

Second, you are dealing with a shorter play - 30-45 minutes perhaps instead of multiple hours - and often with a much smaller cast - maybe 3-5 people instead of dozens. Having fewer people with fewer parts each (ie, only one act of recording instead of 5 different act files submitted) to chase down to get everything done becomes much easier. Some people prefer one act plays. Like short stories, they are a different beast from their longer full fledged literary forms. Story lines are cleaner, readers may have an easier time understanding who they are and how they should interact in the course of the play (often less rounded characters, less ambiguity).

Thanks, Todd
Thank you! A couple questions: does the BC just run the overall plays, or do they have to submit a play as well? And what is an example of a one-act play (I’m assuming you can’t just do the first act of a several-act play, by, say, Shakespeare)?
Again, thank you so much for that information!

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