Friday, July 27, 2012

CONEY Coyote

I started working on this play several years ago.  (The indispensable Adam Szymkowicz did an interview with me three years ago, and I was talking about this play then.) I worked on it at Marshall University two summers ago and developed it a bit more.  And the guys at Blue Coyote and I had talked and talked on it, and I dragged my feet and whined "it's not ready" whenever they said the scary "production" word.  (That's my default. Nothing's ever ready.)

But they booked a theater for October and here we go.  Rewrites will be wrestled from my cold, recalcitrant grip and actors will have at it.  There are a shitload of characters and it all takes place at Coney Island.  (Except for the emergency room scene, I'm still working on that one.)

We're raising money for the production, and you can give at Indiegogo.   I know, I'm hitting you up for money a lot these days.  But I don't do it often, so I'm not going to apologize.

Hope to see you there.

UPDATE!  The press release went out.  You can give it a gander at Broadway World.  

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

And We Will Climb on Top of His Furry Head. His Big Funny Furry Head.

We're going to do it.  


Several years ago, Kevin Newbury optioned a short film version of my play, MOTHRA IS WAITING. (Kevin directed - and really dramaturged - CANDY & DOROTHY.   Also, THE EUMENIDES.)

MOTHRA IS WAITING tells the story of two aging showgirls, one giant moth and a very long night in Bridgeport, CT.   It's a comedy.  

We're going to shoot it in New Hampshire next month.

We are aiming to raise $30,000 to finance the film.  Instead of going the Kickstarter route, we decided to go through Fractured Atlas, an organization that offers non-profit fiscal sponsorship.   

Thus, any donation is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Every little bit helps, even $25.

The Facebook page for the project is here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ryan Taylor, the Washington Rogues and the Cap Fringe

An interview in the Washington Post with Ryan S. Taylor, the great guy who directed "Busted Jesus Comix" in DC a few years ago. 

"In some ways, the inception of Washington Rogues took place in New York when artistic director Ryan Taylor went to see the weirdest performance he could find — “Busted Jesus Comix,” performed in a six-floor walk-up — after taking in such big-name shows as “The Lion King” and Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” (“which was awful,” Taylor recalls)."

For the record, the old Abingdon space at Dyre and 42nd was a fifth floor walk up.  The building is gone now.  But I definitely remember from the summer of '03 - five flights. Five.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dreams of T. Hickman

"I was dreamin' Hickey come in de door, crackin' one of dem drummer's jokes, wavin' a big bankroll and we was all goin' be drunk for two weeks. Wake up and no luck." - Joe in O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh