Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of January 15, 2017
My friends at Little Lifeboats asked me and three other local playwrights (Christina Castro, Abby Swafford and Duck Washington) to write a new monologue that could work in two lengths: a two to three minute section for initial use, then a full length of around eight minutes for the grand finale of an event called Monologue Madness (modeled after a March basketball competition I think we've all heard of by now). The call has gone out for local Twin Cities actors to post a video recording of the short version of these monologues by February 9th. Little Lifeboats will then determine their Sweet Sixteen to initially load up their bracket. Online voters from the general public determine who moves on to the next two rounds. On March 28th at the Bryant Lake Bowl, the Final Four actors will compete live with the full eight minute versions of the monologues. The live audience votes for the winner (both actor and monologue), who both get a prize. Once the bracket goes live for voting, I'll post a link. Meanwhile, actors, go to the posting and record your best shot at the speeches. I'm very interested to see different people's interpretation of the monologue I wrote. Watch this space...
Michael Hentges and David Schlosser have signed on to be our Actors On Call for Create A Play On The Bus for the Vehicle of Expression's daily double dose of on the spot play creation at the Art Shanty Projects. I've posted a fuller description with dates, times, cast and playwright list. FREE and open to the public. Fellow writers Charles Campbell of Skewed Visions, Hector Chavarria (aka, The Big Gay Mexcian) and the Fire Drill duo of Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney have joined me in composing 13 (lucky) short two person scenes that will be chosen at random by number by the audience members on the bus. Rehearsal set for next week, time to prep the scripts to make them easy for anyone who picks them up to read. Check out the full list of shanties and performances you can come visit on White Bear Lake next month - full schedule here and directions here. Performances will be 3pm and 3:30pm every weekend in February, starting Sunday 2/5.
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.
I signed up for that February songwriting class being taught by my guitar teacher Ryan Smith. Looking forward to it. I need a song for my new play, so I might as well get started. 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 first of the songs I'm redoing for the play Love's Prick - the St. Valentine song. My teacher is trying to help me learn how to recognize things by ear. This will be a slow process, which he of course makes look ridiculously easy.
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 spring. 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)
Here, if you're curious