Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of May 21, 2017
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)
Performance of the song for my new play Spellbound at the Twin Town student showcase at Whiskey Junction went well last weekend (now, with the song done and out in the world, I need to finish writing the play to go with it :). The first rough draft of getting the song into sheet music form is done. Now to pretty it up a bit. Found a second song beyond that to start practicing for performance as well - Wake Up When It's Over. Heard it, latched onto it, found chords online, my guitar teaching just riffed the chords and rhythm from listening to it play for the very first time on my iPhone. Starting to understand how that part of the brain works. Mine's edging closer to that territory, too. I still need to start poking around open mics and finding one I feel comfortable trying out. In my lessons, we're reviewing the basics of individual notes, so I'm better at sounding things out - not everything can be done with chords. He's 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. Meanwhile, 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.
Closing this weekend: a hilarious inaugural offering from new theater Prime Productions, Little Wars (thru 5/21); continuing through next weekend, Walking Shadow's historical theater drama Red Velvet (thru 5/28).
The new theater for the new year is piling up: 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.
In a weird wrinkle of the schedule, my last songwriting class was the very same night as the Fringe Lottery to determine whose lucky ping pong balls made the cut to be on the schedule and where everyone else fell on the wait list. The list of how it all shook out is posted online now. Time to start plotting my August Fringe binge with Mom. Much research ahead of me.
Meanwhile, the Top Ten post also had a Fringe-specific Top Ten for 2016, if you're curious. My 2016 coverage of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in its entirety can be found in my blog's Fringe archive for 2016.
Here's why I 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.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious