Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of September 15, 2019
Actor friend David Schlosser is starting up a new theater for gay stories. I'm meeting with him and his two compatriots tonight (Sunday 9/15) to discuss three of my scripts for possible production. Nice to at least be discussing production. It's been too long since I've been able to spend time in a rehearsal room. We'll see what comes of it...
The new grief group seems like a better fit, even though it's a drop-in, and the people involved month to month may vary. We had three who lost mothers and three who lost husbands this time out, and it was a very fruitful and understanding discussion. Still sitting in on church, need to reach out to the pastor to try and arrange a meeting. The mother-specific eight week support group doesn't begin til mid-October. And of course, there's still the estate paperwork to deal with, and boxes to sort through. Meanwhile, in other writing news, the Caring Bridge page to follow Mom's illness and treatment has become a grief journal - https://www.caringbridge.org/public/beverleeeverett
Survived my first Minnesota Fringe Festival in 17 years without Mom by my side, thanks to some amazing friends all over the Fringe community making sure I felt surrounded by the love of people who care, because they knew her and missed her, too. The Fringe staff created an award to honor an outstanding audience member and named it for Mom, calling it The Beverlee. Got myself to a show in every slot (55), which day to day was its own little miracle. I saw a lot of great stuff - 5 star shows, 4.5 star shows - and some decent stuff - 4 stars shows, 3.5 star shows - and some not so great stuff - 2.5 star shows, 2 star shows. You can compare how it turned out to what I was anticipating by looking at my pre-Fringe Top 10 list, and a Top 11-20 list. My schedule is posted, as well as meditations on returning favorites, and shows I just can't watch right now that are still worth a look for someone who didn't just lose their mom.
Just saw Walking Shadow's Cabal this week. Seeing The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie with my friend Grayson in the cast this week. Planning to see a friend's storytelling gig, a National Coming Out Day Cabaret and fundraiser for the new Threshold Theater, and a new spin on the two parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV called Rogue Prince from Theatre Coup d'Etat in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, previous 2019 reviews - Sandbox Theatre's Golden Record Project - 5 stars; Prime Production's Marjorie Prime - 3 stars; Frank Theatre's The Cradle Will Rock - 4.5 stars; Paige Collette and Tatiana Pavela's The Monica Meditations, and Brandi Alexander - 4.5 stars; Girl Friday Productions/Park Square's The Skin of Our Teeth - 5 stars; Chain Reaction Theatre's new showcase What Guys Really Want - 3.5 stars
Just in case anyone was wondering why the steep drop off in the number of theater reviews in recent months, I posted some words of explanation here.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious