I’ve been thinking about all the different places where a play can start.
The End Is Next, a ten-minute play about the apocalypse in an ‘L’ car, was directed by Damon Krometis at Next Theatre in April 2012, as part of Master Clash, an ongoing collaboration between the MFA Directors and MFA Playwrights at Northwestern University. It starred Anna Marr and Benj Sullivan-Knoff.
Photo by David Crawford
This is the short version of a play that continues to grow and stretch.
I started writing it on my phone, on a train in Chicago, after my friend David texted me to ask:
Have you seen The Future?
Yes. …. Wait. Literally, or the Miranda July film?
I mean things that happen after now.
Cool, what happens?
The world gets a lot muddier. Some people learn to love but some people only get really good at their jobs. At the end, it’s just one L car and the ocean.
It sounds wonderful. I can’t wait.
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
When I’m not making dumb videos, here are some other things I do:
I am part of a new theatre collective called the Living Room Playmakers. We just did Three Stories, three plays that went up in a Rogers Park estate earlier this month, and I will be producing Last Call: 7 Rounds of Theatre in a bar in a Lakeview loft on May 17th & 18th, directed by Jess McLeod. I’m also writing a new short play called Prodigals for that evening. Go to our website! It has pictures and everything.
I am also one-half of Shorties Review Chicago, a two-woman review machine that does one-sentence reviews of art, theatre, live music, film, and the occasional sandwich. If you live in Chicago, we can help you find out what’s good, fast. If you live elsewhere, you will only enjoy it if you like anything.
Did you know that I am also Co-chair of The What Is Breakfast Committee? If you are wondering if what you are eating is Breakfast, our experts are here to help.
So, stop by these sites and be sure to say, “Hello, Jessy!” And I will say, “Hello, you!”
in a project sponsored by the chicago league of theaters, i’ll be sitting in a window in the loop next saturday, december 15th, from 2PM to 6PM, working on a brand new play.
check out the storefront playwright project on tumblr, or see the complete schedule of participating playwrights.
if nobody comes and makes dumb faces at me, i’m gonna be real disappointed.
meet my lamp friend, Lamp the Lamp Friend.
LAMP LAMP LAMP from jls on Vimeo.