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.
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