Letter from the Editor – Issue 4

Dear Reader,

We find ourselves still in a worldwide pandemic. Thus, the theme of “Outbreak” emerged quite easily for this issue.

     “Outbreak,” though, exists in many forms. There is an outbreak of disease, yes, but also an outbreak of love, heartbreak, fascism, racism, Zoom/online theatre, protests, and more. I think worldwide we are collectively realizing that our world must move beyond our individual selves, but that our individual stories can in fact inform our understanding of how this world is interconnected.

     That interconnection has risen out of imperialism, colonization, and globalization. It has also risen out of the need for community and justice.

     For this issue, we received over 150 submissions, the most we’ve ever had. Saying “no” to many was quite difficult. It is why so many were said “yes” to: before, it was easy to only include 8-10 of the best pieces. Now, that number must grow. some scripts remains dedicated to uplifting the work of new and emerging playwrights, as well as playwrights who are well-known but seeking a new platform. We want to bring attention to traditionally marginalized voices of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women too. As an LGBTQ+ person, this is my ultimate goal as editor.

What you will find in this issue:

  • a variety of monologues, two of which are about the lives of essential workers during COVID-19
  • Zoom plays galore! Zoom plays are valid in their own right!
  • an array of stage plays with so many different rich characters to dig into
  • a screenplay that truly breathes on the page
  • a quirky and entertaining radio play
  • an essay about how Zoom is not spontaneous for live theatre
  • an interview with playwright Rachael Carnes, a writer I respect and who has previously contributed to Issues 2 & 3

This issue was so hard to put together but so worth it. These scripts truly live on the page. They are literary. They are worthy of that title. I will always believe that. It’s why I started some scripts to begin with. Thank you for your patience on this issue.

Stay healthy and well and creative,

Alyssa Cokinis

some scripts Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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