This past weekend I participated in another 24 hour theatre event. The writers met at the producer’s house at 7pm, where we were told the theme (Orders Incorrectly Filled), the prop (a pumpkin), and the number of actors, a noun, and a verb.
This is what I drew for the play I titled “Five Stars” -
Actor Count – 3
Noun – Pigtail
Verb – Invigorate
It was so much fun, and it’s always interesting to see how the director and actors interpret your work. They picked who was directing what play the next morning at 7am (when plays were due), and then they chose the actors. So the roles had to be gender-neutral.
The house was full, and so glad to have such an enthusiastic audience, and for a good cause. 100% of the profit went back to the theatre.
PS – I also did the graphics!
I joined a new theatre company in Valley Village – the Eclectic Company Theatre, on Laurel Canyon Blvd. Aside from doing graphics for many of their shows coming up, I’m associate producing one of their late night shows, which opens this Friday – “So You Want To Be a Vampire”. It’s a one act and there’s a splatter zone and everything. So far I’ve been responsible for gathering the prizes for Bingo at MacLeod’s (which passed and was awesome!) and gathering artwork for a Halloween Art Show. So basically I’m in charge of fundraising.
But I’ve offered my skills in the following areas: graphics (postcards/posters/programs), photography, producing. Of course my first love is writing, though, so I’m hoping to join their writer’s group and I’m participating in their 24-Hour Theatre Events as well as (hopefully) their Christmas Monologue show. I am also still very involved in my Lisa Soland Playwrights group as well. We meet bi-weekly and take turns hosting. It’s been wonderful so far!
I’m also producing my own show in May, which are tales inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” More of that soon!
Aside from trying to hustle and submit plays to any theatre seeking 10 minute plays, and aside from associate producing a vampire show at a new theatre company I joined (more of that to come), I also just published my first children’s book on Amazon Kindle. Here it is! After 7 years!!!
A little early for Christmas, but our book is finally on Kindle! Please buy (only $0.99) and review! It would help for more books to come!
BONUS: If you bought the print (which came out years ago) you can download the Kindle version for free.
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!