Rereading your old plays

Rereading Your Old Plays

Yesterday, I got out of play of mine I haven’t looked at for 2 1/2 years. I read it, and was astonished at what an insightful, dramatic, funny writer I am!

Since I’ve learned so much about playwriting in the past 2 1/2 years, I assumed I wouldn’t think the play was any good anymore. Or, maybe, that I would think it was good, but also see how I could do so much better now.

I can see some things that I could do better now, but really, I was selling myself short. So — time to find places to send that play to!

An actress friend of mine read it, and she e-mailed me, “Thank you for writing such fun, sexy, lively amusing characters for us 50 year olds and thank you for weaving the greatest of Shakespeare’s characters into them.” She says she loves the play. She made me really happy, saying that.

The play is called “No More Than Reason.” In the play, Liz and Daniel, two actors in their 50s and long-time friends, start rehearsals as Beatrice and Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Then, backstage during a performance, Liz tells Daniel that her husband (her third) is leaving her. Daniel surprises both of them by telling her he loves her, and will leave his 22-year marriage for her. Their equilibrium upset, they must navigate through the complexities of loyalty, relationships and love.

If you want to read it, you can download a PDF here:


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2 Responses to Rereading your old plays

  1. peakle says:

    When I saw a staged reading of this, I laughed and marveled at how it came together. I had a lot of notes to give Louise, and I’m flattered that she listened to me. I’d love to see this play staged again. I recently saw a show that astonished me — “Sideshow,” at Annex Theatre in Seattle — and it reminded me how astonishment happens too rarely. Let’s not settle for anything less — even if we have to resuscitate “old” works to find the joy!

  2. Thank you, Pearl! Of course I listened to you.

    What Pearl is too mannerly to say is that she was in a play at a nearby theater during another reading of this. During our intermission, they’d be hanging out in the back alley area, where it was cool, and all they could hear from our theater was “fuck.” “Fuck, fuck, fuck.” Loudly. The two main characters were having a nasty argument.

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