Freezing Rain: All the Discomfort of Rain without the Fun of Snow

Oh man, I just found out that Hulu has Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Now I will never have to leave my computer.

Which may work out, I've got some catching up to do.

First, for those who followed Questionable Company Theater's Blog during Fringe, I've got a quick little wrap up post with some of our attendance numbers and a brief "Where are they now?" You can also find the elusive Quentin video referred to in the previous post. It contains what may be one of my favorite disclaimers.

And now for some exciting news. A while ago I submitted some scripts to a theater company in Red Bluff, California, and my one act "Muse" was selected to be a part of their Short Plays festival. MUSE is a reluctantly meta theatrical piece about a struggling writer and her less than helpful muse written while I was embittered with writing process and finally allowed to swear. So, when I was told that the local high school students would be acting in it, there was some editing to do. Oh, 19 year old me, dropping the F-bomb isn't the only way to be emphatic! I did have to cut some gems. and while it's a piece that works at the PG-13 level, there are a few lines ("Yeah and how nice it feels to have a real expletive deleted in my mouth") that couldn't quite survive the high school version transition. But even in its somewhat sanitized version, it's still a script I'm proud of.

I was lucky enough to be able to see a performance - it was a nice excuse for a family road trip - and that was an immensely exciting experience. I was nervous. So nervous. I ran back and forth to the bathroom three times before it started and again at intermission. As soon as the lights went down for the piece before, my heart started beating out of my chest. Then, it started.
It feels so good to make strangers laugh. I never want to stop. It was awesome. I was so proud of those kids. They even surprised me. Toward the end of the play, one of the characters turns into a bear and mauls someone offstage, as they should in every well-made play, and they couldn't find a good bear costume that he could change into quickly. So, someone drew a little nose and whiskers on him in eyeliner and then covered him in fake blood. There was a lot of fake blood. And it was pretty clear that they were super-excited about being covered in fake blood. And that really embodied the spirit of the show for me. Here I am with the cast (and their fake blood). Unfortunately the picture's a little off center, but from left to right we have some of Kellie, who played Character A and died very beautifully; all of Marissa, who played our hapless writer Lydia with great aplomb; Me, who is looking very happy to be there; Michael who played Character B, currently a bear, who made some great mauling noises; and Kaela who played the Muse with great delicacy and maneuvered through her massive monologues skillfully. I also got to meet Sadie, who played the Muse the second weekend and I'm sure she was awesome.

Many thanks to Barestage for being such gracious hosts. They're also very good about giving you back written comments on scripts you submit. When Ben and I sent in "Orange" they said - "Cannibalism may be a bit much for our audience." However, offstage bear violence seems to be just fine.

By the way, by posting this entry, I have obliged a dear friend of mine to update his blog. Consider yourself obligated, Mr. Evans. If he has not updated yet, please flood his last entry (which incidentally promises the return of said blog) with comments containing bad knock knock jokes. I believe in you, blogosphere.


Laura said…
I'm so proud of you, giving little highschoolers the chance to play characters even more dysfunctional than they are!

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