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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, March 24, 2006

Trouble wit bullying piece

I've been working with a group of middle school kids for about 6 weeks from a group called Bully Busters. I was asked to help them create some material for a performance piece addressing bullying issues in their school in order to raise awareness.

Up until last week I thought we were doing some pretty cool work. The kids have been writing some interesting material, and at last we had enough to begin rehearsing!

But then -- hardly any of the students want to actually perform the work.


Now I'm getting word that they are "annoyed" with the writing exercise we do for 10 minutes at the beginning of each session.

I was brought in because the kids had asked to do theater. They wanted to write it and perform it. They've written it! I've assembled it! And now it's like dragging a hippo out of the mud trying to get the performance.

I was stunned.

On top of that, they started laughing at each other while we trying to rehearse. I got a bit cranky about that. I always insist on a supportive ensemble, but maybe I got too cranky.

I don't know. I'm at a loss. This might just be something we have to toss the towel in on.

Perhaps at the next session we'll just perform the materials for each other, and that will be that.

That way they can see and hear the stuff they've created.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Trouble with blogging

The template has vanished -- I'm hoping the content doesn't get obliterated...

another test

Blogger is having some major problems.

A YANKEE TRADER in LA-more info

Here's what I know so far about th A YANKEE TRADER production in LA:

The 2005 Pen is a Mighty Sword winner, “A Yankee Trader”, by Kato McNickle, is scheduled to open at El Portal’s Forum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Opening weekend is August 4th, 5th and 6th. The show will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm through September 10.

Ian Vogt is directing, Shawn Ross and Kim Terrell are producing and Jonathan Christman is designing the set and lights. Open auditions will be announced in Backstage West sometime in May.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Test test test

Testing to see if this post goes thru...

Giveaway DIARY: Wrote it down

My buddy Bill recruited me to work with him in making a 3-5 minute short film for some 3-minute short film contest. Turns out Bill has been wanting to make one of these for a while now.

They give you the topic and then you have a week or so to make the film and get it to them. This time around they are giving an extra two weeks to complete the film, so they added a twist.

The topic or theme is "Reflection" and the twist is they want to see your local landscape or cityscape featured. Thius means that you've got to get outdoors.

i immediately thought of all of those murals painted on the sides of buildings in downtown NewLondon -- especially the whale mural that is deteriorating. We're gonna feature those.

The other day I wrote the screenplay. My first screenplay ever. I had to pull out a guidebook and review proper format. It's very different form plays. Also, I made it a bit direction heavy, because I'm going to be directing the piece and I wanted to be able to map out what I was thinking visually.

Wednesday Bill and I met and worked out the production plan. We'll be shooting next weekend -- some in my house and the rest around NewLondon and maybe a shot in groton. Now -- we just need the LEAD ACTOR!!

I've sent e-mails, and we're waiting to hear back about the locations we need.

That's the movie news for now.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Yankee in LA this summer

A YANKEE TRADER will premier in LA in August with a 6 week run by The Virtual Theatre Project. Woo hoo!