Performing The Importance of Being Earnest was a joy, despite the weather causing a few cancellations, which is the roll of the dice when you do outdoor theatre. However, the outdoor setting was perfect on the remaining days ~ glorious backdrop of Riverside Park, birds chirping, squirrels dancing back and forth, delicious air, and a terrific cast.
Pause. Wait. Stay. Separate. Mask-up. Breathe. (if you can). We are on hold. All of us. Everywhere. I think this could be the first time the world has ever…
It’s hard to know quite what to say. I’m grateful to be able to write this for one thing. Having the task of writing my monthly blog seems a wonderful luxury and privilege - hope I come up with something fitting.
One thing we all have now is extra time, some more than others, but again, lucky for me, as a writer having time is a gift that at times has been a rare commodity.
I didn’t realize I hadn’t done my blog, which I now look forward to doing, because I have been up to my eyeballs in re-writes and working on proposals. Lovely chores to have to do. I finished my second draft for I’ll Meet You In Darjeeling, which now is entitled The Qualifiers. It went from 5 characters to 4 - is a drama, a mystery of sorts, and when you eliminate a character, essentially you have to re-write the whole thing.
That numerical configuration cannot go unnoticed! The month began with a meeting of fellow writers giving feedback on I’LL MEET YOU IN DARJEELING along with my two other fellow playwrights who make up the trio in this round of First Reads. It was a most interesting few hours and has given me much to ponder. I have a month to work on re-writes toward our March 7th’s presentation for an invited audience. This time I know I will have a major shift in tone and eliminate a character - and I...
A new decade is before us.
I am pleased to report that my play ‘I’ll Meet You In Darjeeling’ was chosen as one of three plays that will be read by a panel and then presented to an invited audience Saturday March 7. This is the Playground Experiments ‘First Reads’ and it is so valuable to a writer. I was fortunate enough to go through this process with ‘The Swinging Nuns’ and I learned a lot.
‘Darjeeling’ is another animal altogether.
What a year. And what a month November was and December looks to be. Backtracking to last month - I was thrilled to sit in the audience and see Yakity Yak at The Producer’s Club. Denise Ivanoff did a superb job in both casting and directing it.
This year has flown by, and at times, it’s hard to keep up with the pace of it all.
But a bright and happy pace it is! My ten minute play YAKITY YAK is happening next weekend as part of The AlphaNYC Theatre’s Thalia Festival, at the Producer’s Club on 44th Street. I am very excited to see it. First time I’ve not had anything to do with something I’ve written, and only attending as an audience member. I intend to sit back, relax and enjoy.
I found out this morning that a monologue I submitted for The Faces of America Monologue Festival was chosen. There were over 130 submitted ...
Happy Fall! It’s been quite something to keep all the balls in the air, so to speak, and a lot of fun.
ALL CATHERINE went on for its performances in the 2019 Summerfest Festival with good audiences and wonderful work by each cast member. I’m so very happy and proud of everyone involved. The actors: Lucy McMichael, Stephanie Stone, Kathleen Moore, Paula Galloway and Matthew Menendez, each gave such individuality and flair to their roles. Our composer, Frank J Oteri created music that was not only was perfect, but gave the smoothest transitions from scene to scene, which helped the overall aura of the play. Our stage manager Francis Timberlake was a steady rock. The perfect person you need to keep everyone on track and calm. The Hudson Guild Theatre is a lovely place to work. My only sorrow was we had so few performances, but things are still cooking, so stay tuned.
Wow, this month is already a doozie with rehearsals getting down to the wire with ALL CATHERINE. We’ve been working well, and I’m excited to see this play on it’s feet - thankful for the venue of the Hudson Guild Theatre, and having more than one performance. My actors are wonderful and I have every confidence our audiences will be entertained.
This month is set with rehearsals beginning for ALL CATHERINE, and the Playground Experiments 100th Volume Fete on the 12th.
Things have moved nicely for AC, and I have my “To-Do” list with me at all times, this week being the drop off to Equity with my Showcase Application. While it’s extra work, (and extra stress) dealing with my Union, when I’m on the other side of the table, that’s how it goes. In some way though, it makes me proud to be part of an organization that cares so precisely for it’s members. And I am fortunate to have the professional level of work happening in ALL CATHERINE as a result.