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I dig jazz and single-malt scotch.  I write plays; I direct them too. I love STAR WARS more than is healthy. I walk my dogs every day, unless it's raining or terribly cold.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Lunch in Providence today


I'll be heading out to Providence soon to meet up with Greg and Rochelle. I met Greg and Rochelle (and they met each other) at the ACA thng this past September in Florida. Greg was among the Playwrights and Rochelle was with the Visual Artsts team. This is a pic of them at ACA. If I remember to tote my camera along, I'll post a shot of them from today...

Rochelle's visiting Greg up Boston way for the holiday -- she's usually in Canada.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers

I went to Grandchildren of the Buffalo soldiers and I can sum it up in one word -- "Blech!" We left at intermission...it was that bad. This was the most amaturish production I have ever ever beheld for a professional theater company. The play itself, while an admirable subject was flawed with your basic playwriting 101 flaws. Yelling does not mean dramatic conflict -- monologues should be used sparingly -- exposition should come out of the natural dramatic progression of the play, not just a litany in the first three scenes.

Total dreck.

Again i say ---

"BLECH!"

Thursday, December 08, 2005

RENT


RENT turned out to be FANTASTIC. I was captivated by it. It was fun seeing most of the original cast reprising their roles. I also appreciated the length. It was far shorter (and more entertaining) than its stage personna.

Yeah yeah yeah for cutting out the boring bits! The film moves and sings and gets to the heart of the story -- no day but today. Huzzah.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Directors Project @ NTI last Saturday


Went to see Vanassa Soto's Director's Project at NTI last Saturday. She directed ny play -- girls. in boys pants. -- earlier this year at Vassar. This semester she is studying directing.

She put together a found text piece from the writings of Lorca IN SEARCH OF DUENDE.

A funeral procession brought us into the world of the play. Sombre and sincere, the scene eventually devolved into laughter, as the "corpse" could no longer contain himself. This "corpse" is of course Lorca himself, playing one of the games he was famous for, staging his own funeral processions. It was a marvelous way to bring us, the audience, into this world of Duende.

The coffin was turned on its side and became a lecturn, from which Lorca began his famous talk about Duende.

The cast of three women traded lines and roles with ease, creating a world where anything was possible, but the richest, most enduring pieces woule be dark, riddled with duende.

I did find myself at one point, wondering how this world would be altered by the incorporation of a male voice in the mix? The experiment did work, but in the future it could be deepened by the mixing of the male and the female sounds.

Still, a very effective work. I even got a bit of an idea for my Minotaur play... an evening well spent on all counts.