Thirty Plays in Thirty Days — The Suzan-Lori Parks Challenge

In 2006, Suzan-Lori Parks published 365 Days / 365 Plays. As the title suggests, Suzan-Lori wrote one play a day for a whole year. These plays were typically no longer than a few pages, but she committed to this challenge no matter how busy she was. Although I wrote about the danger of the “write every day” cliché, I feel it’s a personal shortcoming of mine that I don’t write as much as I want to. So I’m challenging myself to write a play a day for thirty days.

Each play will be a little “prayer,” as Suzan-Lori puts it, no more than five pages. These plays are not intended to be perfect. They’ll be unedited and strange, but their experimental nature is the point. Let’s see what happens when I give myself no time to self-censor. Let’s see what happens when I free-fall into a well of unconstrained creativity. And let’s see what happens when surrendering to impulsive play.

Day One — July 31
Day Two — August 1
Day Three — August 2
Day Four — August 3
Day Five — August 4
Day Six — August 5
Day Seven — August 6
Day Eight — August 7
Day Nine — August 8
Day Ten — August 9
Day Eleven — August 10
Day Twelve — August 11
Day Thirteen — August 12
Day Fourteen — August 13
Day Fifteen — August 15
Day Sixteen — August 16
Day Seventeen — August 17
Day Eighteen — August 18
Day Nineteen — August 19
Day Twenty — August 20
Day Twenty-One — August 21
Day Twenty-Two — August 22
Day Twenty-Three — August 23
Day Twenty-Four — August 24
Day Twenty-Five — August 25
Day Twenty-Six — August 26
Day Twenty-Seven — August 27
Day Twenty-Eight — August 28
Day Twenty-Nine — August 29
Day Thirty — August 30

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