Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of July 23, 2017
Second round of previews for the acts in the Minnesota Fringe Festival hits the stage this Monday. The Fringe schedule remains elusive - I may need to come up with a couple of options for various days and enllist Mom in the final decision making on what to see while she's here for the first half of the festival. Mapping out and posting on returning favorites and the new pre-Fringe Top 10/Top 20 suggestions. You can find my blogs on this year's Fringe so far collected here.
Stay focused on the tax bill masquerading as a health care bill as it continues to refuse to die. Make your voice heard - here's how. Don't let them push it through while other nonsense is distracting the news media.
The podcasts currently keeping me sane on a political front these days - Pod Save America, Pod Save The People, Lovett or Leave It, Pod Save The World, and With Friends Like These. Check them out if you want to stay informed, active, and have a laugh or two while you're at it.
Here's why I've read my last think piece on the death of American democracy back on December 1st, and some helpful hints for living under the new regime from a historian who's seen it all before.
The background chord work on the new song continues - building some music for myself, learning my ear and by theory, rather than just leaning on the community of guitarists on the internet to do all the work for me :) Really, I just need to practice more - daily if at all possible. I make progress when I practice. I need to prioritize this even though it feels like fun. Just like the playwriting.
Mistletoe #1 and #2 are included in Smith and Kraus publishers' new anthology "105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance," now available on Amazon and other friendly venues. They have a fun twitter feed with tweet-synopses of all 105 plays being posted, so check that out for a giggle (I saw mine float through the other week). 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)
New Material On Website
Still learning about new and interesting bugs in this version of the site by uploading new script bits.
Working right now on 2016's Discreet, Straight-Acting, Disease/Drug-Free but it probably won't go live for a day or so yet.
The Morning After The Morning After - ten minutes of pillow talk
The Morning After He Killed Himself - ten minutes of self-inflicted haunting
Regular reviews on hiatus as Fringe blogging takes over - sure to return shortly after the Fringe has subsided in mid-August
2017 theater reviews are piling up: Jungle Theater's Fly By Night; Girl Friday's Idiot's Delight; Fire Drill and BLAQ's part in Momentum: New Dance Works Festival; Sheep Theater's The Good Boy and The Kid; Theatre Coup d'Etat's The Baltimore Waltz; Full Circle Theater's 365 Days/365 Plays: A 2017 Remix; Trademark Theater's The Boy And Robin Hood; Savage Umbrella's Night of New Works; Walking Shadow's Red Velvet; Prime Productions' Little Wars; 20% Theatre Company's latest round of Q-Stage - Set A and Set B; Nimbus Theatre's Redemption; Jungle Theater's Lone Star Spirits; Uprising Theatre's Prometheus Bound; Park Square's The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence; Green T Productions' A Thousand Cranes; Mission Theatre's and Wayward Theatre's co-production of The Ghost Train; Sheep Theater's The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand; Frank Theatre's Citizen: An American Lyric; Gadfly Theatre's And Then They Fell; Savage Umbrella's The Awakening; Illusion Theater's Thurgood; Jungle Theater's Anna In The Tropics; Theatre Unbound's Mere Trifles; Minnesota Jewish Theatre's The Whipping Man; Classical Actors Ensemble's As You Like It; Walking Shadow's Marie Antoinette; Illusion Theater's Miranda; 7th House Theater's Rhinoceros; Sandbox Theatre's Big Money; Mosaic Productions' Almost, Maine.
Posted a Top Ten list (of what I saw) for theater in 2016, with links to pretty much everything I wrote about good, bad and indifferent over the past year. Check it out.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious