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Plan for the rest of the semester

I have one more packet of assignments due for this my last semester of grad school before I can get my Masters. My more-generous-than-I-deserve adviser let me scrap my previous project and start something new that I was feeling a bit more. She reacted pretty positively to that, though she does want me to do a fourth revision of my ten-minute play. Grumble. Ah, well, I should just be grateful. Now what I need to do is shoot to get a complete draft of the new play I started just to have a substantive piece to call my thesis. That is a TON of work to do in two weeks, but she basically wants me to just get a first draft into existence, one that works on my weaknesses and doesn't worry so much about the stuff I'm strong on. And I'd be pretty unhappy if I didn't have at least that out of a thesis semester. So I am not going to worry so much about plot, which she says I usually do very well with, probably because I spend so much time working them out. Instead I am going to work on keeping high-stakes conflict going in there, and working more subtext in. Thinking about it, it occurs to me that I tend to like writing conflicts where one person forces another person to talk about something they don't want to talk about. This can be interesting, and can lead to strong conflict, but as my teacher says, it usually results in a very unsubtle, nuance-free interaction. Everybody says exactly what they mean, exactly what they think the truth is. That can come off as heavy-handed. So I guess I should push myself to do something that's hard for me, something that my writing lacks. I'm still a bit nervous about how much I have to do, but at least I'm not as screwed as I thought I was. At least this way, I stand a chance of having a first draft that isn't complete garbage. 

About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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