I'm so excited because I will finally, FINALLY, get the chance to stage the first episode of my soap opera, Sinking Hearts. It will be part of the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place in July for one performance only. That said, there is a chance I've found a regular home for it.
I'm not exactly sure how a serial works in terms of production. Should I run indefinitely or plan on, say, six episodes? I can hardly imagine I'd be able to get the same actors each time. Is it okay for actors to come in and out of roles? Once a month? Should I invite other writers to participate? I honestly have no idea.
I feel sort of guilty because I stopped watching Lost after Season 2 when it became clear to me that those bitch ass writers had absolutely no idea what they were doing and had no plan in place. I'm kind of feeling the same way, though I do have some crazy story ideas.
Sinking Hearts is a supernatural soap that follows two Navy wives, Misty and Crystal, on Thomas Hartman Submarine Base, where there have been mysterious disappearances including Crystal's husband. Crystal is a terrible alcoholic and depressive. Misty is "a little bit psychic" and enjoys solving mysteries. This is super camp and I think I'm reserving the role of Misty for myself.
Some crazy plot points I'm using or considering using:
-An evil twin.
-A gay affair.
-Murder attempts galore. There's already one. Misty's daughter Madison is planning on murdering her mother with a pantyhose in a brick a la Heavenly Creatures.
-A car crash leading to extreme plastic surgery.
-A "waking coma" in which a character is in a coma but can otherwise walk around and stuff.
-Two words: Butt. Baby.
-Think Franz Kafka's The Metamorphoses.
-I want to include a demonic possession a la Days of Our Lives, but I'm not sure it fits.
What else can I include? The crazier the better.