I just got the news that at tonight's Sing-for-Your-Supper, they will be putting on Wet. I'm excited, though I don't think this is as good as some of the other pieces I have written, though this one is quirkier, which is probably why it was chosen. But I'm sure it will be a fun night, and I may meet actors who are game to do my pieces next year.
It's at the Storefront Theatre @ 955 Bloor Street West, Toronto, starting at 8. If you
are an actor looking to do one of the cold readings (they generally do 6
or 7 of these pieces), you should show up at 7.
I went back and saw that I had success back in Feb., and I have either not written, or missed the deadline, or just not made the cut since then. That's a bit of dry spell (sorry -- inside joke regarding Wet).
It's very difficult to tell how these things play themselves out, but I am not expecting to get attached to Red One in a professional sense. I just have a slightly different sensibility, though I do admire their can-do indy spirit.
This fall, I think my highest priority should be to clean up my two finished plays and then shop them around a bit. After that, I will finish up the play that spawned Straying South (the piece they did back in Feb.). Then probably The Study Group. And finally, Lester's Last Testament. That is a pretty massive undertaking. If that all comes together, I will start seriously considering putting together an e-book, drawing on the best posts from this blog. In that case it will basically just be editing, as the core of the content is already there. Goodness knows I have plenty to choose from, since I just passed 500 posts(!), though probably all of the art-related ones will be dumped due to copyright restrictions.
Anyway, hope to see some folks there.
It was a good time. My piece went on last. By this time several of the actors were a bit loose, and they played it pretty broad for laughs, but that's fine. I think one or two bits got swallowed up, but overall it went over well, especially the last bit with this woman (playing a homeless man) pretending to paddle by in a canoe. The word I heard most often was zany, and that's sort of what I was going for. I liked the two other comic pieces but wasn't quite as interested in the slightly more serious pieces.
I probably should try to set aside time and go more often, even if I don't have a piece on. I was really hoping to see a few folks, including Clair, but I think the fact it was a holiday weekend meant many were out of town (or not aware that SFYS was on). I guess if I am really trying to track down a few specific actors I will have to try to make it a few more times. Maybe in the end I will write that piece about aliens coming to the 7-11.
It finally rained, and the heat has largely dissapated. I guess we'll see how it is later today. I will go ahead and claim that I have summoned it (there is a huge rain storm and the dam bursts at the end of Wet). I have to run now though.