Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of October 31, 2021
Elections in Minneapolis this Tuesday, November 2nd (early voting available until then). I've already voted and will be very interested to see if the results allow us to make changes in the areas of public safety and rent control, and hopefully we also get a change in leadership at the top (fingers crossed). Useful voting guide with links to articles discussing the policy questions on the ballot here. There's also a handy local blog breaking down the candidates in the many different city races. Check out the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to see what's on your ballot and check your registration status. Get out there and make your voice heard. Vote!
I'm handing out daily writing prompts for the month of November to encourage several dozen playwrights to prioritize their writing, even if it's just for a little bit, every day, for a month. Those that write all 30 days get an additional prize of splitting the pot of money created by their entry fees. But everyone who writes something, even if it's not every day, wins. You can follow along on Threshold Theater's writing challenge blog.
We're locking down the scripts for 2022's series of new play readings (hopefully some of them live with in-person audiences, but that depends on the pandemic). Also, now it's time to move into fundraising mode. Still working on research and language right now. Slow but steady progress. Meanwhile, the online new play reading series continues. This is a week where we switch the featured play, "The Place That Made You" by Darcy Park Bruce takes a final bow on 10/31, and starting 11/1 we have Bethany Dickens Assaf's play "Sword Art Real Life." Check our YouTube page for that and more.
Still online for now, but after our summer break we've resumed meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month, running now through May 2022. We're interested in new blood to keep things lively, both playwrights and actors, so if you're interested in learning more, check out this post on my blog. (We've gotten more response than I was expecting, but new faces are always welcome if you want to sit in and see what we're about.)
Black Lives Matter
If you haven't read We See You, White America Theater yet, or haven't checked it out recently, give it a look. And if you're looking for books to get you started on learning more, two good ones I recommend So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, and How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Check out Minnesota's new (and only?) black-owned bookstore Black Garnet Books for your anti-racist reading list. I'm still a work in progress but I'm learning a lot.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious