Frankensteined cars, deadlines and live readings

My car took another dump, and this time, it’s something I can’t Frankenstein back together myself. Hopefully we’ll be able to get it into a mechanic for reasonably priced fix starting tomorrow. Our days of getting by with a single vehicle are officially over since siring a child. Upon having a child, I’ve noticed that some people go out and buy the most absurdly large and obnoxious vehicle they can find. You know the ones that make traversing in modern parking lot a gargantuan form of Operation. I think this is partially to delude oneself into believing that you can encase your brood in a cocoon of steel and he/she will always be safe. I completely get it, even though I view it as a bit nonsensical. That said, I would just be thrilled to have a vehicle I didn’t have jiggle the wires on every time I wanted to drive somewhere.

I’m currently working on two episodes of Victorian Cut-out Theatre right now. “Ministry of Designs” should be complete by Friday and “Occupational Hazards” will be done the Friday after that. I’m trying to be as efficient as possible to make my deadline of eight complete episodes by May first, but it looks like it will be closer to June 1st. There should be a Halloween special and a Christmas special in there too. I’ll do my best, but I don’t want to sacrifice quality for speed. Anyway, I’m really pleased with how these new episodes read and how they look. They just feel tighter and cleaner and make me look back on the early episodes with utter disdain which, I guess means that I’m still getting better.

On another front, a friend and I are gathering scripts for a reader’s theater in June. I set this up partially as a goal for him to work toward. He’s been working on some stuff and it can be really difficult and demoralizing to continue to work in a vacuum. So I told him I’d go to a local theater, pick a date and we’d get our shit together or risk looking like fools. I did it. It’s set up and now the mad scramble of writing and curating begins. Not long after I signed the paperwork and made the down payment on the space, I felt a cold fear grip my stomach. I have been entrenched in the world of online video for over a decade now and haven’t staged any of my work for an audience since 2003…or was it 2004? Regardless, I began to panic about what I should write before realizing I already had a few decent pieces to choose from and one piece that was half done. Between my friend and I, we should have no trouble filling the time. The truth is it will be nice to read for a live audience again. To know if a joke or a setup is actually working. To get performer feedback on lines or character. I’m really looking forward to it.

Of the things I have been putting into my brain, I can recommend The Witch, and 10 Cloverfield Lane if you like horror. Cloverfield is a bit of a Serlingesque lighter touch. The Witch, however had me white-knuckling most of the film. I managed to finish The Man in the High Castle on Amazon before my free trial on Prime ran out. As of now, I am seriously considering getting a prime membership for the second season it was that good, also Amazon has all of the Batman Animated Series episodes. As far as reading goes, I can whole-heartedly recommend a graphic novel called Bandette, it’s like Tintin meets To Catch a Thief. It’s just so much fun. And on the music front I really really like what I keep hearing from The Bleachers. Every song sounds like it should be in a John Hughes film and I love that!

Anyway, hope you’re all doing well. I’ll write again soon.

Take care,

-Rob