In June 2014, when members of Living Room Playmakers made a special appearance at a Modet Dance Collective event called Future Perfect Tension, we were asked to create pieces about the end of the world (which fortunately is our specialty). I talked to the audience about my personal visions of what the end could look like. Erin and Chad wrote and performed a musical scene about two people who had been chosen to repopulate the Earth. Tony read letters from a man who had been cryogenically frozen and woke up to disappointment. We did my play The End is Next, about a brother and sister trapped in an L car with a flooded world beneath.
And Jennifer Rumberger wrote a radio play. She and Chad Eschman performed it. I recorded it and edited it to sound like the last phone call in the world. We played it between two of Modet’s dances, in total darkness. It broke some hearts.
It went a little something like this:
I made this! Or at least, I edited it:
I went to the 11th Annual Playwrights Lab at Timber Lake Playhouse a few weeks ago. I walked in the woods and I worked on a new play and I made new friends and I watched Mrs. Doubtfire.
For some reason, whenever I get back from Timber Lake, I want to edit stop-motion films.
So, these two things are totally related.
I am teaching Foundations of Screenwriting right now at Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies. It makes me want to edit my serial killer screenplay, and it makes me sorry for everyone who doesn’t get to teach creative writing.
Also, I am going to be a Storefront Playwright again on July 4th from 10 AM to 2PM, so stop by if you’re in The Loop and watch me writing my new play, Blood Bank, in a window. Or writing aklsghalsdhgaosdighlkshdg while I hope that nobody stops unless they have a sandwich to give me.
Photo credit: Chad Eschman
meet my lamp friend, Lamp the Lamp Friend.
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