Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of October 20, 2019
Grief Stuff - Farewell, Dad
Dad died in the early morning hours of Monday, October 14th. He went peacefully in his sleep. I'll be flying out for his memorial service on November 1st. Good thing that mother-specific eight week support group begins this Thursday (I'll have a double dose of things to discuss). Still have the two drop-in support groups, and church. I'm doing research into options for therapy. And of course, there's still the estate paperwork to deal with, and boxes to sort through. Mark's still pushing so the house is ready to turn over to the realtor to put on the market by Halloween - fingers crossed. Meanwhile, in other writing news, the Caring Bridge page to follow Mom's illness and treatment has become a grief journal, now for both parents.
Threhold Theater - Coming Out Day Cabaret and Fundraiser
Threshold Theater had a great cabaret and fundraiser launch for National Coming Out Day on 10/11. They announced the upcoming production of my love potion play, Spellbound, that night as well. Setting up meetings to talk about the scripts for both Spellbound and TV Boyfriend (for a future production).I'm looking forward to collaborating with them, and getting back in the rehearsal room with a new play this spring.
Finally posted a new review, for Theatre Coup d'Etat's Shakespeare mashup of Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Rogue Prince - 4 stars. Other recent outings, as yet unreviewed, Walking Shadow's Cabal; The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie with my friend Grayson DeJesus in the cast; my writer friend Eli in a storytelling showcase Eventually, Epiphany; the National Coming Out Day Cabaret and fundraiser for the new Threshold Theater. Reviews for some of those to follow. 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.
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.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious