Joe O’Keefe, “The Endless Spiral of Writing a Play”
Mentor: James Jackson, Arts & Humanities
Oral Presentation Block 2
My oral presentation would be about my recently completed one-act play. I would go into detail on how I wrote it and how to continue writing more. to potentially spark more interest not only in the play itself but in others’ necessity to press their writing endeavors. This one-act is only one part of the web of resources I had to uncover while the journey of getting it produced. I decided to meet with various professors and learned that there is more armor than just the teachers in my classrooms that can help me. To name a few examples I met with the bridge writing specialist and they gave me creative advice which guided me on the road towards more resources. leading me to have a conversation with the head of the theater department. While it didn’t get produced it left me with a sense of pride that I believe can be shared with other students. Because of the people I’ve talked to and the things I’ve done to meet them I feel adequately prepared to share this information and story with all who will listen. I want to tell this story to all the students that feel as if they can’t find the direction they need in their respective fields. I felt inadequate with myself until I sat down and wrote something new. I looked at my field of study and thought about what would be the most entry-level piece of writing I could do. The one-act play is a representation of how we all have to start somewhere. Instead of saying how you will do it tomorrow, I say we concur today and challenge whom we were yesterday by making us better people in the future.