- I've added some events to this here website. I'll be reading at Boneshaker Books on Friday, October 10th and at Amore Cafe on Friday, October 24th
- I'm creating a piece for a silent auction to support Savage Umbrella that will be sold at their annual fundraiser, Small Bites BIG IDEAS, on October, 20th (more below!)
- Review of CAConrad's Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness over on Hazel & Wren
- I'm reading John Ashbery for the first time. No firm opinions, but "Illustration" from Some Trees is a beautiful poem
- I drank beer with my friends and booze with my dad (beverages are my favorite things)
- It's finally my favorite month of the year: OWLTOBER.
I love that SU gives the time and space to explore and develop new work, taking risks that other companies only dream of. Rather than finding and producing a finished script, SU allows for wonder and play within the confines of an idea or story. I find that process akin to writing poetry. You start with an image or a bit of text and follow it along a winding path. You share it with a friend or teacher who suggests a change. You follow their suggestion, or you ignore it, but you let the piece continue to grow. And then, maybe, you share it with more people. Sometimes this takes years. SU isn't afraid to do this process with theatre.
I was lucky enough to work with Savage Umbrella to develop text for their production Rapture that premiered this past spring. The process of text creation, which began in the fall of 2012, was unlike any writing process I've ever participated in and pushed the limits of my creativity. I'm grateful to SU for the chance to learn from them and create something new that I would not and could not have made on my own.
What I'm making: inspired by their upcoming 2015 production of These Are The Men (originally workshopped in May 2014) I'm writing some short blues lyrics for and about Jocasta, Oedipus's mother and wife. They're about knowing and choosing and fate and plans. And a lot of them rhyme, which is not something I do very often. At Small Bites BIG IDEAS you can bid on a small, hand-made book containing these blues (though, I have no idea what this book will look like—yet).
Here's what they say about their fundraiser:
"Our annual fundraiser event Small Bites BIG IDEAS is coming up on October 20th! We only do one fundraiser a year so this night is SUPER important for the sustainability of SU so we can keep making work with people like you!
We'll show you what we're brewing for our 2014-15 season. On tap for the evening: samplings of our upcoming projects, delicious conversations, and stimulating delights for your mouth.
You'll get BEER, WINE, DESSERT, and NOSH (which may or may not include the Midwestern delicacy, WALKING TACOS).
Tickets are $25/person and get you all the goody goodness above and keep the SU train rolling down the theatre-making tracks. (Here's the link to the tickets!)
Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave NE
Monday, October 20
6-7 p.m. SOCIAL HOUR + SILENT AUCTION (NOTE: this is when you can bid on the piece I'm making!)
7-8 p.m. SPORADIC SEASON SAMPLES (+ MORE SOCIALIZING)
8-9 p.m. LIVE ART AUCTION (+ EVEN MORE SOCIAL TIME)"
So, GO to Small Bites BIG IDEAS, and tell 'em I sent you.