Some months ago, we started doling out awards for Twitter Plays. They were like weekly Tonys, except there is no statue (but there is staTURE…oh my goodness is there ever). There was one award that was smithed but never awarded, collecting dust like the big button in Wonka’s Great Glass Elevator. Well, Charlie finally climbed aboard friends, because a Twitter Play has evoked tears, a pre-requisite to winning the award for ONE-THOUSAND CRYING PANDAS.
(I have to consider the possible egomania implied by naming this as I have. Do I imply that a single tear from me is as bad as the mourning of what is quite possibly an entire [adorable] species? Yes, yes I suppose I do.)
Except here’s the thing…where this award has never been given out before, it will be given out this week FOUR TIMES. Something about this assignment really tugged at your heart. Your work, in turn, has tugged at mine. We’ll start with this one:
Is that absurd? Maybe. But there’s a beautiful and terrible metaphor in there about how we will consume those things we most love for the sake of our own survival, and that survival itself is relative. Did BP cut corners and destroy an entire ecosystem? Absolutely. Did they make out like bandits in the doing? You betcha. I’m reminded of this in particular because this isn’t a rudimentary meal, it’s a burger, another animal, a symbol of American decadence. Well done.
The simplicity of the stage directions there is elegant. Also, “Emma.” I want to emulate the action of this play now.
This hit me on a personal level, but my goodness, isn’t it awful when you knowingly hurt people that you love? Guys, stop. I’m crying again.
The fourth also takes home this week’s trophy for OUTSTANDING USE OF POLITICS/CURRENT EVENTS (and the only play to tap into the inspiration for this week’s assignment):
There are, of course, other winners, including this one for OUTSTANDING USE OF META-THEATRICALITY:
…and OUTSTANDING USE OF STAGE DIRECTIONS, so awarded this week not only for penning a stage direction delicious to read, but doing so in a way that is reminiscent of Eugene O’Neill (plug: The NY Neo-Futurists present “The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume II.” Tickets are on sale NOW: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=COM91
Plug over. Here’s your play:
And the genius goes on…
Thank you, playwrights.