Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of October 16, 2016
The reading of the full script of TV Boyfriend presented by Little Lifeboats will be on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Sandbox Theatre's rehearsal space - 3109 East 42nd Street in Minneapolis. Lucas Skjaret will be directing. Rehearsal in my living room Sunday evening, which gave me a good excuse to clean and organize the place a bit. The cast includes Michael Terrell Brown, Suzanne Cross, Antonio Jordan, Freya Richman, and David Schlosser. There have been a lot of changes in the months since February's reading in Workhouse Theatre Company's Greenhouse Project, so it'll be great to hear the whole thing in its new form. Continuing on from last week, one key project is to get sample scenes from the play loaded onto the website at last. You can see that take shape by clicking here
Just saw two new comedies this weekend, The Recovery Party's Why We Can't Have Nice Things, at the Bryant Lake Bowl; and Fearless Comedy's Masquerade At Bernard's (an iambic pentameter take on Weekend At Bernie's - no, really) - reviews to follow
Still one weekend left of the latest from Skewed Visions - a delightfully odd play (5 stars) that you watch by peering down your own personal forced perspective mini-hallway made of cardboard - Losing Kantor, at the Fresh Oysters Performance Research space.
Closing tomorrow (Monday, October 17th) at Springhouse Ministries: a new take on Antigone that has its ups and downs (4 stars) from the folks at the Ivey Award-winning Theatre Coup d'Etat
Other recent reviews for past shows include: Loudmouth Collective's Waiting For Waiting For Godot, Walking Shadow's The River, Denzel Belin's Dirty Story, Fire Drill's August performing artists' showcase Boiling Point, Off Leash Area's AfterWind, Jungle Theater's Le Switch, Skewed Visions' EX(remade), Gadfly Theater's Final Frontier new short play festival, Heroes and Villains edition; Park Square's Sons of the Prophet, Sandbox Theatre's Queens, Theatre Coup d'Etat's The Glass Menagerie, Walking Shadow's The Christians, 20% Theatre Company's 3rd annual Q-Stage showcase of new queer work - Set A, also Set B; Live Action Set's The Sparrow, Swandive Theatre's Kid Simple, a radio play in the flesh, Mixed Blood's Charm, Mission Theatre's Everything's Free, Workhaus Collective's Lasso of Truth, Theatre Coup d'Etat's Fight Night, Classical Actors Ensemble's spring rep of Julius Caesar and Macbeth, Nautilus Music Theater's The Fantasticks, Billy Mullaney's Semester Project, Lecture 1; Open Window Theatre's Everyman, Savage Umbrella's June, Walking Shadow's The Aliens, Sheep Theater's Tamburlaine, and Small Art's You Bring The Party.
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.
My playwright friend Valerie Borey is spearheading an Art Shanty project out on White Bear Lake in February 2017 which is actually a bus called the Vehicle of Expression, dedicated to the various categories of the written word through art and visitor interaction - poetry, fiction, etc. She asked me to head up the playwriting portion of the project for a play on the bus. I recruited Charles Campbell, Hector Chavarria and the Fire Drill duo of Emily Gastineau and Billy Mullaney to join me in writing material. We're composing short two person scenes that will be chosen at random by number by the audience members on the bus. Those audience members will determine the order and content of the play of the day, and they can either participate in reading themselves or hand off the scenes for actors to perform. The various scenes are all still under construction but we're excited about the prospect. Also, we got some grant money for performance from the Art Shanty people, which puts us on the official performers program (and means we can pay our collaborators something). It's a nice vote of confidence as the project comes together. This week's update: the bus has been purchased, so we know what our rolling theater on wheels now looks like.
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 fall. 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)