Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of May 15, 2016
Reviews for shows currently running: closing this week at the Southern Theater are Live Action Set's The Sparrow and Swandive Theatre's Kid Simple, a radio play in the flesh; also closing this week, the second half of 20% Theatre Company's 3rd annual Q-Stage showcase of new queer work - Set A, last weekend, is reviewed here; Set B goes up this weekend, review to come.
Reviews to roll out shortly for outing, and Walking Shadow's co-production of . Other recent reviews for past shows include: 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.
"TV Boyfriend" part of the 5th Annual T.E.A.S.E. showcase for new plays, July 8th
T.E.A.S.E. (The Easy Access Script Experience) is Little Lifeboats' way of connecting local new plays and playwrights with local theaters that produce new work. I'm grateful to have been part of the process from the beginning (with scenes from How To Date A Werewolf, Heaven and Home, The Hopes and Fears of All The Years, and Love's Prick getting showcased in the first four years). This year, they've decided to include a scene from TV Boyfriend (which I still need to load on the site here). My director will be Chris Garza; the actors will be David Schlosser and William Phelps. I'm using the July 8th date of the showcase as a deadline for creating a full, new second draft, building on all the things I learned in the recent reading for Workhouse Theatre's Greenhouse Project in February. You can follow what is now 55 days of rewrites on my Twitter feed at twitter.com/MatthewAEverett
The creepy cover version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" went over really well with the crowd at the Whiskey Junction showcase for Twin Town Guitars' students this past weekend. We had a delightfully enthusiastic guy who just randomly happened upon us who I now call Drunk Brian. He was so friendly and enjoyed himself so thoroughly, I really wish this dude was at every showcase and open mic I play in the future, too. As for future showcases, my teacher and I are working on a more straighforward cover of an old Mary Chapin-Carpenter's tune "Never Had It So Good." As for future open mics, I need to start scouting some out and coming up with a set list.
Still need to do my homework on the listings of the lucky artists whose ping pong balls were selected for one of the 170 performance slots in the upcoming 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Which combination of old favorites and newbies will be among the four dozen shows to make the cut for my schedule and Mom's during her annual August theater pilgrimage.
Mistletoe #1 to be published!
Mistletoe #1 is slated to be part of Smith and Kraus publishers' upcoming anthology "105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance," due out August 2016. Along with Mistletoe #2 through #4, and Pitching Christmas #1 through #3, Mistletoe #1 was 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)
20 Years of Plays In the Twin Cities
Polishing up my bio and compiling a list of produced works to be part of Smith and Kraus' Online Author Database, I was reminded of the fact that this month is the 20th anniversary of my very first production in Minneapolis - Heave and Home. (My mother jokingly refers to the script as her first grandchild.) If that play were an actual child, it is already old enough to drive and vote, and is almost old enough to drink. Yikes. (You can find it in eBook or paperback form here.)