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.