"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~T.S. Eliot

"You were once wild here, don't let them tame you!" ~Isadora Duncan

"Be faithful to that which exists within yourself." ~Andre Gide

"Follow your bliss!" ~J. Campbell ... and my folks!

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." ~Andy Warhol

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." ~Nelson Mandela

"...open and expanding like an unfinished book..." ~Quote from a friend, Travis Judd

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~Nelson Mandela

"The capacity to be puzzled is ... the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science." ~Erich Fromm

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." ~Mae West

"Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." ~Augusto Boal

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Writing ... work ... ???

Ok, well today I worked on some of the things I am attempting to write ... haha, that sounds funny ... attempting to write. Well I guess it's true though, I mean, I'm taking a stab at it. Giving it the old college try ... bad pun's need to stop, done.

Today I worked on the one and only play that I've really ever written. It's a one act. There's still an element to it that I've not been able to work out. The play is several short scenes between two people, and the chronology goes in reverse. Between each scene I've written in something called the 'rewind' ... something that will help the audience know that we're going backwards in time - and time to change the minimal set pieces. The problem is, I have no idea what the rewinds should be. At any rate, the scenes are done.

I've had my mother read it and I've sent it off to a trusted friend to see what she thinks ...
Mom says she likes the dialogue and thinks it's written well ... she found it a bit awkward to read having the time line go backwards but she thinks it will read well on stage - until we were chatting after she read it, I'm not sure got that the rewinds are where the audience will understand we are going back in time ... or the fact that I've not yet figured exactly out what they should be. All in all a positive review from Mom with a few things to work out.

Aside from that, I also spent some time working on a story I've got going ... not sure what it will turn into ... but it's defo a short story or something along those lines, it's not a script.

So, that is the "work" I did on this fine Sunday ... when I wasn't watching "Pillars of the Earth" and falling just a bit in smit with a good British actor named Eddie Redmayne (I think that's his name ... he plays Jack in the mini-series). ;o)

And now, before I go to bed, I shall pick up the book I am currently reading.



  1. Rewinds: (1) slow reverse of a thematically appropriate record or song. Though certainly this would be an auditory clue, if you are looking for on-stage action as well, I'm not sure how to accompany this.
    (2) Make a "time line" part of the set which remains throughout (days, months, years, decades, hours, whatever the period of your piece is) and can be "set" as the necessary changes are made? I'm envisioning a slide-rule, but an electronic banner or some other type could do it. Of course, you're more creative than I am so if you like this idea, you'll dramatically improve upon it.
    (3) Start the play with characters wearing "sepia" toned garb which gets progressively more vibrant as the piece goes on? Could this effect be achieved by lighting tricks?
    (4) come to Maryland so we can have a beer, a Scotch, and a wine, in whatever order necessary (experimentation, MY forte...) to achieve enlightenment.

  2. I have no idea why I'm on here following you twice. Once as "mdhhoya" and once as 54dd1e32-3926-11e0.........

  3. Hey! I like the rewind thoughts, thanks! The sepia idea is really interesting - I wonder if it could be done .... hmmm ... and #4 is in progress!!!