Illness, health, and creativity

I know nobody’s looking at the Internet on a Friday evening in Spring (and if you are, please, step away from the screen and go enjoy some fresh air). But, I’ve had a cocktail, and since I haven’t posted anything here for a while, now seems like a good time as any to post.  Continue reading “Illness, health, and creativity”

Knock knock. Who’s there? Hamlet.

Many years ago(okay, ten or so), my brother Ted asked me to write a script for him to perform with his puppets. So I adapted Hamlet into a five-minute version for him. The script was lost, found, lost again, and now found again, so I’m putting it up here. My father says it’s terrible, butContinue reading “Knock knock. Who’s there? Hamlet.”

First prize: Seven Days in Minneapolis

A weeknight in February is not when you most want to be standing on the side of a road, in the dark, alone, in Minneapolis. Local temperatures were less than a respectable grade point average and nearing a blood alcohol count. For the first time, I opened the compass on my phone and used itContinue reading “First prize: Seven Days in Minneapolis”

Free story writing advice, some of it might be good.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about what constitutes good storytelling, in playwriting and screenwriting, and what I’ve read has seemed to miss the point. I’ve also seen some really bad plays lately, and life is too freaking short for bad plays. There seems to be a lot of “make stuff happen” or vague metaphorsContinue reading “Free story writing advice, some of it might be good.”

The fat lady has sung.

Traveling Light closed last night, and finally I can post the photos that would contain the most devious spoilers.  As always, all photos by Kyle Cassidy. Kyra Baker as W.P.C. Foster, Terence Gleeson as Officer MacDonald, Doug Greene as Joe Orton and Bob Stineman as Brian Epstein. Click on the images to view them fullContinue reading “The fat lady has sung.”

I listen for your footsteps, coming up the drive

This production of Traveling Light has a really special set. I haven’t mentioned the crunchiest part yet, but Jessica Foley does in her review for Phindie. ” I could report to you an intoxicating intimacy between Epstien and Orton built around a silk shirt and a deliberate tug at a belt buckle, or you can runContinue reading “I listen for your footsteps, coming up the drive”

too late to be night, too early to be morning

So, here’s some of what we were up to at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Again, Kyra Baker as WPC Foster, Doug Greene as Joe Orton, Bob Stineman as Brian Epstein, all photos by Kyle Cassidy. Only seven weeks to Opening Night. Performance Summary: Traveling Light by Lindsay Harris Friel, directed by Liam Castellan. Produced by Liam’s SofaContinue reading “too late to be night, too early to be morning”

the trickle-down of medicare spending cuts

Hey, guess what, guess what? Today I was going to post more of the beautiful photos which Kyle Cassidy took for us, photos not only showing off the beauty of Mount Moriah Cemetery, but also the beauty of actors Kyra Baker, Doug Greene and Bob Stineman. Oh, your Monday could have been full of aContinue reading “the trickle-down of medicare spending cuts”

Life Peak Experiences and Collaboration

I promise, this isn’t going to turn into The Traveling Light Blog. Really, it isn’t.  I really do have other things to write about besides this. But, when life hands you Good Collaboration, you shout it from the mountaintops as much as possible, as well as wrap it up in cool cotton blankets and feedContinue reading “Life Peak Experiences and Collaboration”

We’re looking for theater artists.

We’re trying to find designers to work on Traveling Light.  Here are the details. Liam’s Sofa Cushion Fortress presents the Philadelphia premiere of  “Traveling Light” by Lindsay Harris Friel, directed by Liam Castellan. Load-in is Monday, September 2, and performances are 9/6 through 9/14, in the Skybox at the Adrienne. 1967 London: the “Summer of Love”. Playwright Joe Orton confronts Beatles manager Brian Epstein lateContinue reading “We’re looking for theater artists.”