Thursday, February 28, 2008

Romance at Grand Central Station

Late posting this, but I took this photo of the florist shop at Grand Central Terminal on Valentine's Day, when the poor florists were besieged by desperate, lovelorn procrastinators. It was quite a madhouse.

Ride the Train in the Snow with Me

Shot two 30 second clips from an N train window last week when the heavy snow was on the ground. I find watching the clips really peaceful.



Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Weird Little Doodle From a Few Months Ago

Went through some strange phase where I was drawing 99 cent price tags from potato chip bags on my doodles. Not sure why. I did this a few months ago during a meeting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Plays and Playwrights 2008 Release Party on Sunday

Unless I am eaten alive by terminal flake disease, I plan on attending the Plays and Playwrights 2008 release party to watch the excerpt readings of the plays. Make sure you come up to me and ask me if I have finished the Godsbreath rewrites I am planning on getting done before Sunday if you go too.

Martin Denton's blog has more info.

The readings start at 4pm on Sunday. It is happening at: The Red Room Theatre and The Kraine Theatre, located at 85 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery).

Here are the plays they are publishing.

THE TELLING TRILOGY by Crystal Skillman
A gripping and and often chilling full length play that explores the nature of loss, comprising three linked tales of the supernatural.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN by Daniel Talbott
Two young men, brothers who have recently been separated, reunite of a night of reminiscence and truth telling.

ANTARCTICA by Carolyn Raship
In this sometimes surreal fantasia of growing up, Magda and Winnie set out to become the first American Girls to make an expedition to the South Pole.

CLEANSED by Thomas Bradshaw
An envelope-pushing drama about a biracial teenage girl who joins a white supremacist group, written by one of the Village Voice’s “Best Provocative Playwrights of 2007.”

LINNEA by John Regis
A young writer who is obsessed by Dostoyevsky lives out his own NYC dream version of The Idiot in this remarkable coming-of-age tale.…AND WE ALL WORE

LEATHER PANTS by Robert Attenweiler
In this wild and pyrotechnically poetic comedy, a Midwestern American family searches for redemption in the world of heavy metal & glam rock.

17-year-old Marvelous isn’t sure if he’s gay, but he knows he wants to play music. His parents battle over his destiny, and nobody wins in this moving drama.

IN OUR NAME by Elena Hartwell
A triptych of short, breathtaking one-acts about the ways that the War in Iraq has hit home, especially among American women.

A riveting sci-fi cautionary tale inspired by the lives and works of Czech writer/activists Karel & Josef Capek, especially the play R.U.R. which gave us the word “robot.”

FALL FORWARD by Daniel Reitz
A play about choices and figuring out what really matters, originally performed in a Methodist Church two blocks from the World Trade Center.

Casting a Trilogy

Spent the weekend at callbacks for the Flux Theatre Ensemble general auditions. The picture above shows headshots organized on chairs.

I had no idea auditions were so grueling. Between the general round of auditions (Feb 2 and 3) and the callback round this weekend, I think I spent about 36 hours sitting in the same chair, in the same room, watching actors. On Sunday, I also watched a huge blizzard build up, rage, and subside out the rooms windows.

I saw so many great performers! We could have cast most trilogy roles about three times over. Not sure when the final cast list will be announced. Hopefully within the week.


Other things I am reading, seeing, or thinking about:
  • Gus Schulenburg has a great bit of writing on measuring characters up to a formula (Action=Change=Need) on the Flux blog.
  • Jason Grote's Maria/Stuart kicked ass at the recent NYU hotINK readings. It was the same director and largely the same cast as when I saw it at the Soho Rep writers/directors lab reading last spring. Reminded me that attending multiple readings of plays in development can be fascinating and not torturous.
  • Working frantically on rewrites on Godsbreath to email to Darin Anthony in Los Angeles this week. That is going well and I expect to finish the new act one tonight. Hoping to get a new draft of 8 Little Antichrists finished for the March 1st Flux reading of the entire trilogy. I am in rewrite hell this month. Tumblewings, Rattlers, and Angel Eaters may also get new drafts this month.
  • Going to the Reverie Productions' writers' meeting tonight. I have been a huge flake and missed the last several meetings. Maybe I should bring doughnuts.