Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of June 18, 2017
How To Date A Werewolf (or, Lonesome, Wild and Blue) Now Up On The Site
Didn't realize quite how far behind I was on loading recent plays onto the website. This week's project - my most recent Minnesota Fringe Festival outing (2013) - How To Date A Werewolf (or, Lonesome, Wild and Blue). You could already find the full script over at Lulu for purchase, but now you can preview bits of it here, with the lovely werewolf, zombie and chameleon faces of Meaghan DiSciorio, Katie Starks and Joy Dolo (respectively), thanks to the photography talents of Stacy Schwartz and Andrea Henning. Still loading more pictures - and loading this new play revealed a few bugs in the system, but I'm working with the programmers to correct them now (For instance, the play is written to be performed by either gender in any role - I can choose that as an option, but right now "Either Gender" isn't appearing when you look at the characters in the scene listings - oops; also for some reason the upload interface isn't fond of apsotrophes and quotation marks, so you'll see some of those are missing. Onward...)
Sean McConnell's "California" is taking shape. Notes and measure breaks are correct, I think. Note values, who knows? I mapped them out while my car was getting an oil change, now I need to run them by my guitar teacher. He'll clean them up. Understanding the method and actually hearing/counting things out correctly is another thing. Also practicing for performance - Wake Up When It's Over. I still need to start poking around open mics and finding one I feel comfortable trying out. Meanwhile, now that the song for TV Boyfriend, "A Guy Who Can Fly," is all tidied up in sheet music form, the next project is to do the same for the new song for the new as yet unfinished play, and the first of the songs I'm redoing for the play Love's Prick - the St. Valentine song. I also have the new Spellbound song I just performed for the student showcase which I need to pretty up in sheet music (and get that play written - I still can't believe the song made it to completion first.)
The new theater for the new year is piling up: Theatre Coup d'Etat's The Baltimore Waltz; Full Circle Theater's 365 Days/365 Plays: A 2017 Remix; Trademark Theater's The Boy And Robin Hood; Savage Umbrella's Night of New Works; Walking Shadow's Red Velvet; Prime Productions' Little Wars; 20% Theatre Company's latest round of Q-Stage - Set A and Set B; Nimbus Theatre's Redemption; Jungle Theater's Lone Star Spirits; Uprising Theatre's Prometheus Bound; Park Square's The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence; Green T Productions' A Thousand Cranes; Mission Theatre's and Wayward Theatre's co-production of The Ghost Train; Sheep Theater's The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand; Frank Theatre's Citizen: An American Lyric; Gadfly Theatre's And Then They Fell; Savage Umbrella's The Awakening; Illusion Theater's Thurgood; Jungle Theater's Anna In The Tropics; Theatre Unbound's Mere Trifles; Minnesota Jewish Theatre's The Whipping Man; Classical Actors Ensemble's As You Like It; Walking Shadow's Marie Antoinette; Illusion Theater's Miranda; 7th House Theater's Rhinoceros; Sandbox Theatre's Big Money; Mosaic Productions' Almost, Maine.
Posted a Top Ten list (of what I saw) for theater in 2016, with links to pretty much everything I wrote about good, bad and indifferent over the past year. Check it out.
Mistletoe #1 and #2 are included in Smith and Kraus publishers' new anthology "105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance," now available on Amazon and other friendly venues. They have a fun twitter feed with tweet-synopses of all 105 plays being posted, so check that out for a giggle (I saw mine float through the other week). 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)
Just got fed my annual fix of early Fringe info to start planning for the coming festival. Haven't descended fully down that rabbit hole yet, but I imagine I will later this week. In a weird wrinkle of the schedule, my last songwriting class was the very same night as the Fringe Lottery to determine whose lucky ping pong balls made the cut to be on the schedule and where everyone else fell on the wait list. The list of how it all shook out is posted online now. Time to start plotting my August Fringe binge with Mom. Much research ahead of me.
Meanwhile, the Top Ten post also had a Fringe-specific Top Ten for 2016, if you're curious. My 2016 coverage of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in its entirety can be found in my blog's Fringe archive for 2016.
Here's why I read my last think piece on the death of American democracy back on December 1st, and some helpful hints for living under the new regime from a historian who's seen it all before.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious