Wow! Four months flew by fast.
Now that school is out, work on "Sunrise" will resume. I'm still aiming to give a much lighter (and shorter) play than "Little Red." I will admit, though, that the play encountered some difficulties when I started it back in February.
Namely, I hadn't fully realized who my characters were. I had ideas about Robert and Beth, who they were, and what they were running from, but when I put it all down on paper, they sadly didn't feel like characters to me. They felt like tropes of some childhood fantasy, and ultimately neither character worked for me. It felt like crafting a major project; when you finish it, you realize there's one tiny mistake that mars the whole thing, and the only response you get from your parents or teacher is a mere, "Hmm. That's interesting."
Thankfully, with more free time, I can develop the story more and get this thing done. I've found that if I go in not really knowing exactly what story to tell, but instead let my characters do all the storytelling for me, I get much better results than if I made the characters "do my bidding."
I guess the moral of the story is: respect your characters, or you'll suffer an endless barrage of headaches and writer's block.
Looking to keep you updated soon,