A few weeks back, I had a nice long conversation about theatre with Phil Rickaby, host of the Stageworthy podcast. (To which you should already subscribe, if you want to hear fascinating discussions with the folks who make Canadian theatre happen.)
I took the initial notes that would become this play in 2009. It’s weird to be finished, to feel like I’ve taken it as far as I’m going to. This was one from the vaults that I assumed was dead and buried years ago – to have it together, in (relative) working order, and know that next week I’ll see it walk … yeah. Good, but weird.
How it all happened is this: the producing company, Alumnae, has an annual festival (Fireworks) which only accepts work that was previously produced as a part of their other annual festival, New Ideas (which is focused more on shorter, newer pieces). The idea is to see some of those plays into fuller development and give them a production as stand-alone, full-length pieces. It so happened that an earlier version of Act 1 of this play had been a part of New Ideas back in 2010. And it also happened that I had more free time than usual this year for taking a stab at random opportunities.
So when the call for Fireworks came up in January, I decided that, if nothing else, it would give me an excuse to write the missing second act and have it finished. And I did that, racing the deadline and turning in a script that was – well, obviously uneven, when the first act had been polished and the second was a rambling first draft. But still, I felt like there was something to it, that I was getting places with it.
I’ll write a longer post about this when I’m not so caught up in Inked Heart miscellany, but …
One of the things I’ve wanted to do for a while now is dip my fingers a little into writing interactive fiction – probably more in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure way than the text-based-gaming way, but that may shake out differently in the long run. Anyway, my first effort is now live and readable/playable. It’s pretty quick and yet probably too wordy, but it works (at least, I’ve stopped finding bugs when I play through it)!
I created Test using a tool my friend Jim Munroe worked on called Texture, which is pretty awesome in itself!
Just in case you’re checking in here (and don’t have access to the Facebook event listing, or just don’t like going to FB which is completely fair) … I wanted to create a post giving you all the low-down details on the play and how to see it! So here’s the info I posted about it. I hope you come out!
One of my friends has been posting inspiring quotes about writing on his social media, both as a way of keeping himself moving forward, and to share the wealth of support with others. It’s a pretty great thing to do. But yesterday, he posted a quote from Elie Wiesel:
And while I’m certainly not in a league with the words and work of this great man, I feel like this is one of those quotes that sounds supportive, and useful, but can lead to feelings of inadequacy and uselessness in people who might have a lot to say, and some really interesting ways in which to say it. Not everyone works the same way as Elie Wiesel. I certainly don’t.
Just popping in to create an entry for this (I know, I need to catch up on regular blog entries – but I have been updating the page!) – auditions are coming up next week for Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival, which will include my play Inked Heart.
Which is great, but we could still use some folks to sign up for the male lead in particular, which would be as follows (description from Alumnae’s site):
Ed – 40s. Owner of a tattoo parlour, heavily inked himself. A tough exterior, sharp tongue and ready wit mask his sensitivity and the pain of his disintegrating marriage. Aspires to be a painter.
If you have any interest, or could help spread the word, please do so! There’s a full list of roles available for IH and the other Festival plays, and full info on how to get in on auditions, at the link below:
This isn’t something I’ve really done before, but I thought I’d give it a shot. In between drafts of the current full-length play, I put together a little ten-minute piece that I can start sending around. It’s both completely like me, and a bit of a departure.
Please note that I’m using the singular ‘they’ for both the characters. I would have no problem with a director casting this with any combination of genders, but I wanted to leave it open from my point of view.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
So hi! I’m trying to clean up this page a bit and maybe even use it again. Anybody still keeping an eye out for new posts?
Where I am right now in this crazy theatrical journey: Currently, Monkeyman Productions is on hiatus. We had a really rough 2015 and had to cancel our fall production of my play, The Beast from Planet X, and that’s left us needing some time to rebuild and gather our forces. We do hope to be back next year with more theatre for the geek-friendly audiences of the greatest city in the world, Toronto, Ontario.
Meanwhile, I’ve been pecking away at some new projects, and it looks like I will have a production this year after all – just of a play that I thought had fallen off my radar at this point! Alumnae Theatre will be producing Inked Heart – a full-length and fully revised version – as a part of their Fireworks Festival in November. We’re just starting to gear up with production meetings and due dates, and I’ve been working hard to make this script everything it can be. It’s not often that I’ve had this sort of production through another company, so there’s a certain learning curve involved in that, as well. If I manage to keep on top of things, I’m sure I’ll post more about that, too.
And there’s new stuff to write! I finished a little ten-minute piece, Stars, that I think came out well. And I hope to dash off a few other short pieces in between the final drafts of IH. I’d also like to explore some non-playwriting stuff, if I have time. I’m trying to keep this year productive.
More later on!
I know I’ve been remiss in keeping the site up to date – but as I get back into it, here’s a lovely thing to report. Our current production, The Simian Showcase 2013, has been well-reviewed by My Entertainment World, including some very nice things said about my piece in particular! “Super is a painfully relatable, sad but hopeful examination of a good guy’s small life as a “superhero” and is the crowning achievement of Monkeyman’s truly excellent 2013 showcase.”