Pursuing Passions: An Opportunity in Playwriting

Nina Harada is an actor, writer, blogger, artist and RadicalParenting intern manager! She is an LA native with a passion for the arts. As a producer with her production team, PianoFight, she hopes to build an artistic community in her hometown bringing together art, music, theater, film and more.

Vanessa recently wrote a post on the top weirdest teen trend predictions for 2010. The first one is not as much weird as it is awesome! I’d never heard of it until I read this post. It’s called “Daylighting”, which means taking a day job to supplement your living from your night job. Vanessa mentions, and I agree, how daylighting switches the focus to pursuing what you really want, and really owning it. So no more downplaying the dream by saying “Well, I’m a sales associate at this store… and I kind of sing on the side.” No, you ARE a singer! And you work at a store on the side.

I whole-heartedly believe that there is no point in life unless you are going after your dream. Vanessa is a prime example, as she is insanely passionate about the work she does. I am another example, and have a blog (The Scene Partner) where I document my progress going after my passions. One of these passions is theater. A few years ago, while finishing up my undergrad at UC Berkeley, I got involved with an amazing theater company. Since then, I have grown with them not only acting, but also directing, producing and writing pieces for them. Now that I am back in Los Angeles, I am working on building the theater company down here.

Our first agenda for 2010 is a playwriting competition: ShortLived 3.0. I wanted to let the RadicalParenting readers know, especially the teens, about this cool writing opportunity. Every day I have the privilege of reading and editing terrific work from young writers to post here on this very blog. I’m sure that many of these young writers could write terrific scenes for this contest. Here are the details:

ShortLived 3.0, a playwriting competition featuring local playwrights and theater groups scored by audiences, runs every Friday and Saturday night at 8PM at The Lab, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Vine), Los Angeles and at Off-Market, 965 Mission St (between 5th and 6th), San Francisco, from April 2- June 26. Tickets are $20 at the door and online at www.pianofight.com.

Any Southern California playwright may submit any style of short play – sketch comedy, dramatic, or something in between are all welcome – so long as it has not been fully produced anywhere else, and it does not run longer than 12 minutes.

The script will be directed and performed by PianoFight company members.

If the piece wins the round, it will automatically clinch a spot in the Championship Weekend. It will also stay in competition for subsequent rounds until it scores in the bottom four pieces.

If the piece does not win the round, but places in the top four by the end of the round, it will stay on to compete again in the next round for a chance to clinch a spot in the Championship Weekend.

If the piece scores in the bottom four by the end of the round, it will be dropped from competition, and the playwright may submit again if he/she would like.

Submissions can be sent to ShortLivedLA@gmail.com. Please put “Playwright Submission” in the subject line.

NOTE: Submissions should not be prop heavy or require too much tech/sets – also, submitting playwrights must be from the Southern California. There is no fee to submit, but there is also no pay.

I can’t wait to read your entries! Remember, there are no age restrictions to submit. Teens, I’m talking to you!

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