“The Troubles of the Young Playwright”

The following is an excerpt from my most recent play about a young woman with a non-traditional life style as she struggles to become a playwright. This particular scene is the turning point at which the main character, named for my sake, is having an epiphany. It is highly biographical and resembles my life in many ways. You may notice that the format is weird for a play script, however, this is the format of my time and I have written nearly all of my scripts in this format. I hope that you enjoy this short story about me, Olympe De Gouges, and my life as a playwright with a modern life style.

Olympe (Walking in street with Renee): I’ll never make it as a playwright! The things I want and need to talk about in my plays are just too controversial. I try so hard to show the public about what’s happening to slaves; about what’s happening to women and how they are mistreated and often beaten. I want to make a difference with my writing, but no one will listen. Just when I think that they listen, when my play is accepted, I am rejected as they never actually perform my play for fear that it is too controversial. Renee, help me make sense of this mess, what do I do?

Renee (Holding a large stack of books): Well, what I hear you saying is that you want your works to be published so that you can make an impact through your writing to tell important narratives that the public needs hear, but they are just too controversial. You are being censored because of common convention and tradition.

Olympe (Loudly): Exactly, finally, someone who gets me! Speaking about tradition and convention, I get so much nonsense for my life style. It’s my life, just because it doesn’t conform to their ideas of what a woman should be and do doesn’t mean that my life is worth any less. If I don’t want to marry my lover, Jacques, I don’t have to. So what if we had children without being married, its 1788 for goodness sake! I don’t need to get married to know that our love is important. A woman’s sole job is not to marry off, we all have just as much potential as any man.

Renee: I agree, it is your choice if you want to marry, and no one should judge you for your personal decisions. They don’t know the whole story.

Olympe: You’re right, they don’t know that just after I first married, that my husband had died…

{There is now a flash back to that time, it is not important to this exert but it is important to the story overall, the script will resume where it left off}

Renee: You have to fight against traditions to get your ideas out there, I can’t imagine being an unmarried female playwright in a time like this.

Olympe: I know, it’s really hard, I’ll tell you that much. What can I do to overcome all of this? What can I do to get my ideas out there and have a stronger sense of security with my life style?

Renee: Well, that is only a question that you can answer Olympe. I know that you can figure this out.

Olympe: I can’t do anything to change people’s perceptions of my work to get more publicity or change people’s views about my life style. However, what I can to is continue to try publishing my works and persevere. I can keep challenging traditions through my writing and in my life to show people that I am more than what they make me to be and that we all deserve equal rights. Kings, peasants, Nobles, slaves, women, Priests, religious minorities, and everyone else. We all deserve equal rights.

I hope that you enjoyed the first portion of my play and that it gave you insight in to my life as well as where I stand on some pressing social issues of the day.


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