Break a leg to everyone at Bronson Junior/Senior High School in Bronson, MI, as they perform my play, Murderous Night at the Museum, this weekend!
Offed at the Bake-Off is officially in print!
Eldridge Publishing sent me several complimentary copies of the script to share with my co-writer (and brother), Matt. Along with the scripts, they sent a few posters featuring the full color logo they designed for the play. I have to admit, when I receive copies of my plays, I don’t look at them for… Well, for a long time. By the time I receive the actual published scripts, I’ve spent so much time writing, editing, proofreading, submitting to publishers, and then working with the editors to finalize the scripts that I’m tired of looking at my own plays. I just want to let these scripts be for a bit. I’ll open them and take a peek inside in six months. Maybe.
Fun wishes to Walnut High School in Walnut, CA, as they present my play, A Family Reunion to Die For, this weekend and next.
Break a leg to everyone involved in the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s production of my play, Murderous Night at the Museum! The production runs tonight and tomorrow night at the Pitman Reception Center in Wentzville, MO.
Everything seems like it’s happening so quickly with the publishing process for this play. I submitted the play to the publisher only 62 days before the play was officially available. Eldridge Publishing was very eager to make this play available for the fall, and they somehow managed to do it.
There are two major differences between the draft I submitted and the published version:
1) The title now contains a hyphen. What was once Offed at the Bake Off is now Offed at the Bake-Off. It’s a minor difference, but I’ve spent the evening updating the title on all of my social networks. (In addition to this blog, find me on facebook at facebook.com/mikesteeleplaywright and on twitter at @msteelewrites.)
2) The original version contained extra characters and the published version does not. The editor, Natalie, was confident that removing the extras would make this play more marketable. With a cast of 18 characters, she felt that the need for additional extras would limit the schools and theatres that would be capable of producing such a large cast show. I’m sad to see the extra characters (a group of bratty students) disappear, but they still remain integral to the plot as they are all the (now offstage) victims in this murder mystery comedy.
Now that all the writing, editing, and proofreading is complete, I wonder where the premiere production will take place…
I woke up yesterday to find a proof copy of Offed at the Bake Off ready for me to take a look at. I’m really surprised at how quickly Eldridge Publishing is pushing forward with my play. They mentioned with the publishing offer only a month ago that their plan was to have the play available for licensing this fall so that it’s all ready for school play season at the start of the new year. I was doubtful that they’d have it all edited so quickly, but they’re proving me wrong!
Well, rather than blog, I should go read over this proof.