more about the play
Now that I am back from New York, the play is off and running and in the hands of the two directors, Stan Foote in Oregon and Jeff Frank in Milwaukee This morning Jeff sent me sketches of set design and costumes..all of the behind-the-scenes, before-the-show stuff is so interesting! The final readings in New York went smoothly and the audiences at the three performances had lots of comments. Me, I can see how it begins to come together and jumps off the page and into a whole other realm. I'll see the final version in its opening in Milwaukee September 19th, and then...different version...in Portland in late October.
Back here in Maine, I am working on a book manuscript, and it's amusing to see how I now begin to picture the characters and setting on the stage since I have been so consumed for the past ten days by that genre. I was writing this morning a scene set during a storm and I began to think about sound effects and how they would, backstage, produce the wind and rain sounds. When I described, on the page, a drenched silk dress, I started worrying about the costumes and how they would deal with soaking a dress each performance... Gotta stop thinking that way!
This evening I will go to a party down the road, for people who have donated to the little town library. Little, but lively and wonderful, and such a vital resource for the people of this small town year-round, not just us summer folk! Here it is, in all its splendor!