I have succeeded in finishing the script and getting John’s (my director) approval to have a reading of the draft which is coming up this Sunday at my house. The script is 30 pages long but the format is a little goofy so it will play longer than you might think–usually it’s about 2 minutes a page. There are three songs too. So John says the show will run about 80 minutes. Fine. But boy am I glad I cast the Posse to share the stage along side and behind me. I don’t think I’d care to be alone up there. The ending for the show was from an essay that I wrote about the beginning of my writing business. I wrote the piece about 2 years ago. In September, with 5 pages left to go, I kept thinking the end of the show should be different than the essay but when I finally opened up the file of the essay I saw that I was saying what I had wanted to say back then. It just took me 2 years to realize it. Oh well.
Last week I made an inquiry about renting the Live Bait Theatre for the show and as fate would have it, they just had a group cancel and they were looking for a show to replace it and offered the slot to me. Then this week, within 24hours I found a stage manager, lighting designer, set designer, graphic artist and publicist. So, what I’m trying to point out is that when things reach fruition, and sometimes that’s after YEARS, many other things fall into place almost at a ridiculously funny rate.
Not only is there no problem, but the project seems to be riding on a deserted city street that has nothing but green lights all the way. So we’re set to open Nov. 9th and run Friday, Saturday and Sunday for 4 weeks (minus Thanksgiving) thru Dec. 9th. So the next few weeks will be extra busy trying to rehearse everybody. Yesterday I called my friends Denise and Ginny to ask them for help memorizing the lines. Will I be able to memorize lines that I wrote? Without changing them? Well in the dialogues with the Posse I had damn well better. Maybe in the monologues I’ll have some wiggle room.
I am very happy and excited to be doing this show. It’s only taken me about 17 years to get it together. Hope you’re enjoying yourself, the weather and whatever part of the writing process you’re in. Stay tuned for more, more often from me.