Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of September 11, 2016
Reading of TV Boyfriend coming in October
Details still TBA, but the scene from TV Boyfriend featured in T.E.A.S.E. (The Easy Access Script Experience) was voted "Audience Favorite" of the night, so Little Lifeboats will be presenting a staged reading of the full script sometime in October. More on that as soon as they get a venue nailed down, which will determine the date, and who is available to participate. There have been a lot of changes in the months since February's reading in Workhouse Theatre Company's Greenhouse Project, so it'll be great to hear the whole thing in its new form.
Since Little Lifeboats has been so supportive of new plays, mine included, I wanted to take a moment to plug their upcoming "drunk Shakespeare" fundraiser Trippingly On The Tongue. It's September 20th (just a little over a week away). They'll be at Sisyphus Brewing, with a streamlined version of Romeo and Juliet to stagger through. Two random actors will be chosen to drink up prior to starting, and there will of course be drinking games for the audience as well. A fun way to support live theater, and perhaps do some liver damage.
My guitar teacher is back from the summer tour with Soul Asylum and we're transposing the melody of "A Guy Who Can Fly" out of my head and onto paper so it can be included in the packet of materials with TV Boyfriend as I send it out into the world. Musical theater friends are helping me with suggestions for software to make things a little prettier than the handwritten version we're producing at the moment.
A Strange Anniversary
9/11 is always weird for me, because when the planes hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and that field in Pennsylvania, I was in Pennsylvania, albeit the northwest corner of it. We were at Tuesday of tech week for my (then) new play Studpuppy, written for the folks at Allegheny College's Playshop Theater, to explore the environment for LGBT students and faculty on a small conversative college campus. It was a surreal day and week for all of us, and the audiences at the end of it were really ready for a story with a happy ending. The flight back to Minnesota (we weren't entirely sure days before if the airports would be reopened by then) was also strange. But I never hit this (now 15th) anniversary without remembering the people with whom I shared it, bringing a play into existence at a time other things were falling apart. Thanks, especially to Marty Marchitto, who's brainchild the collaboration was - and all our compatriots: actors Jeff Simpson, Fabrizio Polo, Chris Johnson, Mark Klaman, Allison Haley, and the late Gretchen Watson (gone too soon); crew and designers Justin Nappe, Jenn Coppolo, Robert Loebig, Annie Joseph, Dan Ricketts, and Beth Watkins, and everyone at Allegheny.
Mistletoe #1 and #2 to be published!
Mistletoe #1 and #2 are slated to be part of Smith and Kraus publishers' upcoming anthology "105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance," due out this fall. Along with Mistletoe #3 and #4, and Pitching Christmas #1 through #3, Mistletoe #1 and #2 were part of Little Lifeboats' 2015 holiday show "I Never Eat December Snowflakes." (All of which reminds me, I need to upload those scripts to this website. And hey, if you're planning ahead and looking for some holiday shorts, all of the Mistletoe and Pitching Christmas scripts are part of my Short Plays Volume 4)
Other recent reviews for past shows include: Fire Drill's August performing artists' showcase Boiling Point, Off Leash Area's AfterWind, Jungle Theater's Le Switch, Skewed Visions' EX(remade), Gadfly Theater's Final Frontier new short play festival, Heroes and Villains edition; Park Square's Sons of the Prophet, Sandbox Theatre's Queens, Theatre Coup d'Etat's The Glass Menagerie, Walking Shadow's The Christians, 20% Theatre Company's 3rd annual Q-Stage showcase of new queer work - Set A, also Set B; Live Action Set's The Sparrow, Swandive Theatre's Kid Simple, a radio play in the flesh, Mixed Blood's Charm, Mission Theatre's Everything's Free, Workhaus Collective's Lasso of Truth, Theatre Coup d'Etat's Fight Night, Classical Actors Ensemble's spring rep of Julius Caesar and Macbeth, Nautilus Music Theater's The Fantasticks, Billy Mullaney's Semester Project, Lecture 1; Open Window Theatre's Everyman, Savage Umbrella's June, Walking Shadow's The Aliens, Sheep Theater's Tamburlaine, and Small Art's You Bring The Party.