Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of June 14, 2020
Black Lives Matter
Grief Stuff - Missing Mom and Dad, year 1
This week last year, I was loading up a moving truck and seeing Mom alive for the last time, though I didn't know it then. As it has been for eleven months now, the Caring Bridge page to follow Mom's illness and treatment has become a grief journal, now for both parents - at some point, I need to revisit and reread and catalog the early months. Another project.
Help Save the Minnesota Fringe Festival
For the first time in 27 years, there will be no live Fringe this summer. (There's a virtual option coming together, more on that later.) If we want to be sure there's still a Fringe around to help support artists creating new theater in 2021, they need help now. They're halfway to their goal, let's get them the rest of the way. Buy a Fringe button, or just straight up make a donation (I've done both). I continue perusing Mom's old Fringe scrapbooks for memories to post to keep the Fringe in people's minds through social media.
My Recent Pandemic Playwriting Online
Theatre Is The Cure from Logan Squared Productions in San Diego, CA has posted the results of their weekly live Zoom call variety pack of monologues in the feed on their event page. My short, "The First of Many Nights" has really fine work from director Justin Lang and actor Carl Weintraub. My monologue work for New Haven, CT's Vintage Soul Productions' ongoing Quick Quarantined Play Festival are posted on YouTube - David Hannah with the "before COVID-19" monologue set in February 2020, "Be Careful What You Wish For" - and Aaron Schwartz with the "during COVID-19" monologue, set, well, now, I guess, "Out of Alignment" The "after COVID" monologue, in that hopeful future when we can start doing theater again, "First Day Jitters" also has an excerpt feature in a recent Connecticut public TV show discussing the arts during the pandemic. You can see the segment on CPTV's YouTube channel, an interview, followed by the clip from the monologue is at the 5:45 mark. The Sheltered Shorts series from Black Ice Theatre in South Lake Tahoe, CA included short plays of mine in their recent run of nightly online readings: "This Isn't A Horror Story," "The Bronze Bitch Flies At Noon," "Extra Cheese," "Lonesome, Wild and Blue, or How To Date A Werewolf," and "Love Bot."
Life On Lockdown
Remote work for my day job at the Minnesota Private College Fund continues from what my brother has dubbed my "work couch" in the living room. Because I have the full-time job, I'm not eligible for unemployment compensation for the lost Guthrie wages starting tomorrow with the official beginning of the layoff, so there's some financial sorting to do. Still much sorting of boxes from Mom, Dad, and my storage at the old house yet to do.
Been too long since I wrote something other than an entry on CaringBridge. Rewrites on "Spellbound" and the new two-person version of "TV Boyfriend" are overdue for attention. Writing makes me feel better, I just have to do it. Threshold Theater still awaits the results of our latest grant application to fund the production of "Spellbound," whenever we can begin doing theater again, that is.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious