Is Now the Time for a Play about the War in Iraq?

Everone knows that comedy is mostly about timing. If you hit upon the right nerve (is a funny bone a nerve?) at the right time then, usually, you don't even have to be original or even marginally funny to win laughs. The audience laughs just at the reference (i.e. "How about Michael Jackson?") and may fall into hysterics at a gifted comic's pause.

Of course the other element in comedy is distance. The funniest jokes might fall flat if the audience remains in grief or on edge (it might be too soon for "Now that John Ritter's dead, can we agree that three's a crowd?"). We may be past the days of "tarring and feathering", but if somebody decides to throw something at you, chances are it won't be a cake or a pie (which used to, at least, be good for laughs). So, it's important to be able to recognize this.

I started writing my play, "The Rules of Embedment or Why Are We Back In Iraq?", in June, a few days after a costume-wearing George Dubya Bush flew on to a carrier with a banner reading "Mission Accomplished." I knew Iraq War II was far from over - no matter what the Media was babbling - but I thought my take on the situation warranted the risk. Instead of carrying a sign on the street, I wanted to deliver my message within an entertaining context (much safer, these days, the way cops treat protestors now).

My play combines drama and satire, sometimes simultaneously. During the readings with different audiences my play's had, I've discovered that what some people find funny, other people gasp at. In my play, a young Mexican-American Marine [Santana] discusses his wish to be naturalized by the government. In response, a Gulf War veteran Sergeant [Drudge] mutters, "If you die, maybe they'll make you [a citizen] one." One audience became silent, the other roared. When I wrote that line I was aiming for tragic but I'll gladly accept the guffaws.

It's one thing to write about history after it's mostly been done and said. But my play had to be shaped to withstand any future developments. I believe (fingers crossed with duct tape) I achieved this by sharply defining the timeframe of the play. It's not about what happened or even what really happened. It's about what we knew when it happened then. I based my play on the opinions and beliefs that were in vogue in order to show how it all came to pass. Instead of focussing my sights on the Administration, I targetted the Media and how they sold the American public a preventive invasion (one way was by referring to it as preemptive).

Every day I hear new news I still sometimes worry that all my hard work will have gone to waste (though if tomorrow Bush/Cheney gets impeached, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, etc. go to jail, and our troops come home I won't mind). But so far my plan has worked. Saddam's capture caused me to pause, but that still didn't change "what happened then" (plus I still don't trust anything they say, for all we really know Saddam may have died in 1999 like it was rumoured) and never will.

Are there enough people out there aching to see a work like mine at this juncture? We'll see (or, hopefully, you'll see).

About The Author

Ron Brynaert's play, "The Rules of Embedment or Why Are We Back In Iraq?" explores the Media's role in Iraq War II. Sample Scenes & More!

ronbrynaert@yahoo.com

Why Every Freelance Writer Needs A Website

What do you mean, you don't have a website yet? Websites these days aren't just... Read More

Greatness

[When I was a nineteen-year-old high school student and budding poet ? two years after... Read More

Characters In A Romance Novel

Before you even begin writing your novel, you need to know who your characters will... Read More

How To Identify Your Own Style Of Writing

This article is to help identify which style, technique or strategy of writing that one... Read More

How to Write Bad Poetry

So you've decided to crown yourself with a title that a million other people (just... Read More

Top 7 Writers Sites for 2005

If you dream of turning your book into a best seller, or you're looking to... Read More

Alternative View Points and the Lamp of Creativity

Pictures they say are worth a thousand words, but many writers know that they are... Read More

How To Build A Successful Freelance Editorial Career

In the current job market, many editorial freelancers have turned to freelance work as a... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 6 of 6

SALE, SAIL Sale is either offering something for purchase ("for sale") or offering it... Read More

Does Your Fight Scene Pack a Punch?

Long ago, movie directors mastered the technique of creating a convincing fight scene. Bodies crash... Read More

Write a Letter, Make a Difference

Today I took the dog for a walk and realized that there is a letter... Read More

Writing Tips for your Journey

Tips for your writing journeySo, you'd like to be a writer? Congrats! Writing not only... Read More

Passionate About Writing?

I'm a writing fool! 2 book proposals, 1 user's guide, a business technology analysis paper,... Read More

7 Reference Books for Your Desk

I hate to admit this, but I rarely get an original idea. That's bad for... Read More

Have You Completed A Character Questionnaire?

Creative Writing Tips ?Complete a character questionnaire for each of your main characters or even... Read More

Review In 29 Steps Plus One

I just finished to read a book. A story for kids (yes, I like them),... Read More

Proofreading for Profits

How to avoid mistakes that undermine your credibilityYou're probably already familiar with the spell checker... Read More

How to Get Free Publicity in In-flight Magazines

If you're targeting an educated, more affluent audience with your message, and your topic is... Read More

Is The Theme Reinforced In The Ending?

Creative Writing Tips ?By now you should have an idea that your theme has to... Read More

A Beginners Guide to Writing a Novel

No one is born a novel writer. But do you believe that we all have... Read More

About Writing

Here's everything I know about improving your writing, publishing it electronically and in print, and... Read More

Letter Writing Journaling

When you read a letter from someone, we are immediately transferred into their world, experience,... Read More

Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the brave fireman, the damsel in... Read More

Vary Your Writing Style and Win Readers

First drafts are for getting down the ideas. Anna Jacobs calls the first draft the... Read More

Seven Suggestions To Develop a Superb Writing Style

Every writer eventually develops her own unique style of writing. As you struggle to create... Read More

Editing Secrets

Once you've plotted out your book, developed the characters and written the last word of... Read More

Writing Good Dialogue.

There's nothing that kills a scene like hackneyed dialogue. Just stop and think about the... Read More

Idea Mining for Writers 101

Want to write an article or book, but are stuck for ideas? Here are a... Read More

Overcoming Writers Block

Do you suffer from writer's block? Is there a pending project you are putting off... Read More

Important Points of Fiction

Fiction manuscripts receive feedback that addresses and scores:· The theme of the book· Character development... Read More

3 Quick Tips on Plotting Your Book

Plotting a book can seem an overwhelming task when you're just starting out, but it... Read More

Get Creative In The Great Outdoors

Summer's here and the time is write for dancing in the streets...Okay - so I... Read More

Vital Verbs

Remember back in the dark days of your school years when you had to learn... Read More

Publish It Now! No Matter What It Is

Do you want to publish something? An article, a non-fiction piece, a short story, a... Read More

Character Motivation - Always Ask WHY

For many years, I've been a tutor for students undertaking courses in writing romance, crime... Read More

That Cute Lil Ol Apostrophe

Have you ever had a student write to tell you they've achieved Grade A's at... Read More

A New Way To Self Publish

More and more good authors are turning to the Internet to self publish. There are... Read More

Write On! - Key Components of Successful Business Communication

Written communication is often the first impression you make on potential customers, business partners, or... Read More

Making Better Word Choices ? 4 Examples

Choosing the wrong words can have a poor effect on your writing and on you.... Read More

Turning Your Journal Into An Idea Bank

A few magazines refer to their written idea sources in assigning articles to reliable, experienced... Read More

Multiplying Sales As A Writer

Often, time is an enemy of writers. Sales seem slow and checks too small. How... Read More

Weaving Your Personal Statement Together

1. SECRETS TO SUCCESS2. MAKING A POWERFUL FIRST IMPRESSION3. AVOID AMBIGUITY4. MAKING A PROFESSIONAL IMPRESSION4.... Read More

Writing Technique: The Restaurant Syndrome

Picture this scene.Your hero is sitting in a bar. He's thinking about things... life, death,... Read More

Conflict - How To Keep Your Readers Turning Pages

Some writers are just too kind.They hate to put their characters under any kind of... Read More

Dont Make This Huge Writing Mistake!

You can create a great headline, a dynamic first sentence, and a brilliant lead paragraph.... Read More

Ten Tips To Get Started Writing Your Book

You are far more likely to successfully write and publish your book if you follow... Read More

How To Write Your Way To A Fortune

We've all seen those ads that grab our attention and makes us want to pull... Read More

A Book Note Vs a Book Report

IntroductionSince our early days of elementary education we have been familiar with what a book... Read More

In Praise of Personal Pronouns

Rudolph Flesch, a pioneering advocate of readability, put great stock in the liveliness of the... Read More

Eight Ways To Write Your Novel Faster

I asked several writers how long it took them to write a novel they wanted... Read More