Friday, June 29, 2012

Let's Get It On!

cue Marvin Gaye:

I have a hot date tonight.  Actually it's an entire weekend-long date, so it's going to be intense.  Butterflies are fluttering in my belly -- I've been eagerly anticipating this for several weeks and it's finally here.  The timing seems to be perfect for this to happen.  This weekend, my next play will be conceived.

(This is where the whole pregnancy metaphor kind of breaks down -- I actually "conceived" this play idea at least a couple of years ago, with my erstwhile writing partner Kat.  But we never did anything with it.  So, it's kind of like IVF -- the idea has been in deep freeze and will now actually be implanted. Or something like that.)

Obviously this "date" isn't with my boyfriend (fortunately he's not the jealous type) -- it's a 3-day writing intensive with playwright Winter Miller at ESPA-Primary Stages.  It is called the "generator", where you come in with the germ of an idea for a new play and Winter will lead us through exercises to generate more material in one weekend than we ever thought possible.  As I love to write intensively, I figured this would be a great way to kick off this new play, and was delighted when I was accepted into the course.

I have been told to expect that this will be one of those dates where you disappear from the world and nothing else exists, where you barely come up for food and air.  So I'll see you all on the other side - with something of a new play on my hands.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wanna play again? (or, launching Phase II!)

Hello, blog.  Sorry I have been so out of touch.  I've just been so-- I know, I know, I'm sorry, I could have at least sent you a text or an email, but... 

Look.  I have a confession to make.  I can't lie, your fears are correct, I was looking for fulfillment elsewhere.  I was exploring other... creative avenues.  Like acting. And singing a bit.  Actually going on some auditions. I know what you're going to say, I've been down that road before and where did it get me, but it's different this time. I swear.  I'm just doing it for fun now.  And I wasn't completely unfaithful!  I did actually take a writing class.  I wrote a whole TV pilot in like a month!  Amazing, right?  I wanted to share it with you, I did, but I was just so--- I know, excuses excuses, always excuses.  Well I'm back now and I have something I'm really excited about that I want to share with you if you'll let me.  It's another full-length play, but with music this time.  No, not a musical, we've had this discussion, I don't want to write a musical.  It's a play with music, a very different thing.  I'll explain more later, I promise.  Plus I'm upping the deadline ante: none of this long dragged-out 9 months business this time, the first draft will be done by Labor Day.  Only 78 days including today.  Don't scoff, you know me better than that, deadlines are my best friend and I almost never betray them.  Besides, it's gonna be fun! Most of the time, anyway.  

So, whaddya say, wanna play again?