First the writers chose actors out of a hat (me and my actors were the ones living farthest from the rest of the Burbank-centric crowd). My actors: Sulai and Mike
Then one actors chose a prop from a the pile. My prop(s): Camera, Bag, and Old Photos
Then the other actor chose the line, all of which were taken from Shakespeare. My line: “Like a goat herder”
We all went home, and us writers wrote a 5 minute play incorporating all the above. The deadline was 8am delivery to the actors/directors. We didn’t have a director, so Sulai directed.
Then we met at 3pm at the Hammer Museum’s Gold Stage to rehearse, and the performance started at 4pm.
Thanks to all who made it out and showed their support!
Aside from submitting plays to festivals and writing a couple of new pieces, the latest news is that I have been invited to be a writer for this exciting “Made in LA” event this weekend at the Hammer Museum.
I will be assigned to be part of a team made up of a writer, director and at least two actors. From there, our team will choose a prop, a theme, and one line to be included in the play. I will go home and write my ass off until the deadline of 8am, when I am supposed to email the script to my team. Then we rehearse Saturday morning from 9-2, then head over to the Hammer for our performance at 4.
Sat Aug 9, 4:00-5:00PM
Actors, Writers and Directors present short works conceived and rehearsed in less than 24 hours with the intention to get to the heart of storytelling in less than a day. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Guaranteed Overnight Theatre. Produced by Alice & Sean Toohey.
Please come show your support! I will be reuniting with a couple other writers from AOPW.
For more info: http://hammer.ucla.edu/blog/2014/07/coming-up-on-the-gold-stage/
Just finished Lisa Soland’s All Original Playwright Workshop INTENSIVE. It was truly intensive, as we met for over 20 hours in only 4 days (and that’s on top of my full-time job and freelance job). Inspiring and emotional, it was much needed since I’d taken a few years off from writing, and this was good to get me going again. I have lately suffered from what Lisa calls “Writer’s Overwhelm” which can be just as deteriorating as “Writer’s Block.” So now I have to figure out and prioritize what story I need to tell now, and represent it as truthfully as I can (with one subject it’s hard since it’s so wacky and out there, unlike all the cartoons I work on all day! :) Lisa was amazing, in both her body of work and her kind and nurturing spirit. I’m so glad to have met such a wonderful person. The amazing playwrights – (top row) me, Stephanie, Bette, Eugenie, Arthur, Suzie (bottom row) Gerry, Christian, Lisa, and Wendy.
I presented some plays I’m working on for my production next year as well as one of my darker tongue-in-cheek plays “Candy Cane Killer,” based off of all the 48 Hours Mystery and other reality-based serial killer shows you’d watch on the I.D. Channel. Can someone say “Guilty Pleasure”? Maybe that should be the title of my next play of that genre.
I’m starting a 4-day intensive workshop with the talented Lisa Soland. I’ll be workshopping a few of my new 10 minute plays as well as some oldies but goodies (that need some fine-tuning). I hope to give a lot and receive a lot of well-needed feedback so I can send my plays off to different competitions and festivals. That is, after all, one of my new year’s resolutions. It’s time to kick my butt into gear!
I may have mentioned to you that I was conjuring up my own theatre group. We met up several weeks ago to discuss objectives, show ideas, etc. The most I’ll share with you at this moment is that I am super excited and incredibly grateful to have such talent backing me up. We will produce high-quality interactive experiences for people, taking them to another world with our fantasy theatre experience. My hope is that it will be visually stunning and appeal to a wide audience who like to play make-believe without having to be a child to appreciate it.
Today we had our first Writers Group Meetup. I need that support and encouragement, and I think it mutually benefits us all in helping us tone our craft.
We did a few exercises from previous workshops I’d been in, the one with Chris Kelly and the writers of Note particularly inspired me since it was my first one. During that time I had come up with a blog called “Writer’s Workout.” As you can see, it was pretty short-lived, at least publicly. It’s been put to use in my solo writing life at least, and now with this Writing Group I’m excited to continue to put it into practice and share with fellow writers.
Since Velma and Manny was such a hit at Theatre of Note, the actors and I talked about submitting it to the Fringe Festival. I haven’t ever been a part of it and since it ALAP would be producing it, I thought to try there first. If anything, there’s always next year, right? So I submitted the play, adjusting just a couple lines to make it fit the theme of “Sex, Lies, and Social Media.” I just heard from Dan Berkowitz at ALAP that my play was not among the 5, but number 6! I’m always second best, I always think, but this is still great news and I was surprised to even get that far. Basically we will be alternates for the show, so if any of the other plays for some reason can’t put their play up, we will go up in their place. I guess it’s a nice kick in the patooty to keep at it. So fingers crossed we make it in, but it’s still nice to receive honorable mention (especially since I had submitted to another festival with another company and didn’t make it in. But I think one of the plays I submitted was a bit too dark. Serial killers don’t have a huge place in theatre. Maybe I need to start submitting to the Lifetime or ID network.) :)
I took the last year and a half off from playwriting (well, writing in general it seems). So I’m starting the year off right by being part of this Hollywood Performance Marathon at the Theatre of Note. It’s their 19th annual, and is sure to be a blast! My 10 minute piece is “Velma and Manny” starring Carolyn Blais and Dan Heber. It’s been rewritten slightly, so if you’ve seen it before, it’ll be like seeing it for the first time. :)
Hope you can make it out!