Saturday, March 28, 2009
No matter how many playwriting workshops I facilitate, I just never get over the thrill of a group of writers sitting around a table, pen on paper, scribbling a soulful whisper onto the page. The second part of the SWAN Day afternoon saw scenes being written from the Promptor exercise.
There were seven prompts:
1. a place
2. an action
3. anything to do with a swan
4. a secret
5. a Chinese phrase (or an English phrase if you are writing in Chinese)
6. the first line of dialogue
7. the last line of dialogue
Each person chooses a prompt which is not their own; these random elements are to prompt and guide the scene to be written.
The participants will post their scenes in the SWAN Day reports. Here, I post my SWAN scene (after basking in artist Lucy Zhou's awesome teaching glow):
A: Who are you?
A: What are you drinking?
B: The students
A: How can you drink the students?
B: They are like water...with no form...flowing anywhere...if not contained.
A: Hey hey!
B: gurgle gurgle
A: HEY HEY HEY!
B: gurgle gurgle gulp
A: I'm, I'm a--
A: Stop drinking me!
B: AHHH! (wipes mouth) Get hold of yourself, then.
(A flaps wings like a swan--white feathers flutter everywhere.)
B: I'm still thirsty.
A: Don't drink me. I must save myself...for myself.
(B accidentally catches a feather in its thirsty mouth, starts to feel uncomfortable.)
A: I must, I...so you know who I am, I must--
B: cough cough
A: I must--
B: cough cough cough
A: I must tell you something.
B: COUGH COUGH COUGH!
A: Are you OK?
B: (COUGH) No! (COUGH.)
(A slaps B's back. School coughs out a white feather).
B: (ahem, ahem, kuh, kuh)
B: Sorry. You were saying (pause). You were going to tell me something.
A: (Chinese) Wo bao ta (I hold her).
A: I kiss her, too.
A: And that is why I am like water.
B: That is why when I drink you, I cough. You are not for me to drink.
A: That is correct. You are school. You are dry. You should not suck out the liquid, the blood, the love out of the students.
B: They leak out their own treasures.
A: I hold mine.
B: They know not what to keep.
A: And so you should teach them, and not just drink them.
B: To be or not to be. That is a question.