This month has been a crazy one, and I truly can’t seem to distill all the things rolling around my brain into anything thoughtful or even coherent. So I’m writing this instead:
Eclectic Voices: We’re No Heroes
My writers group Eclectic Voices is producing a monologue show this month, a pay-what-you-can performance of nine original monologues by our writers (and some performed by our writers). The proceeds are going to support our reading festival this summer and other performances, publications and projects we’re doing. It’s a great little show, it’s at 9pm so it’s after the traffic, you only have to pay what you can manage, and it’s only an hour long. I mean, no excuses right?
My monologue, “The Graveyard Shift” (the beginning inklings of a play I’m going to write with the Skylight PlayLab this year) is performed by the great Sarah Allyn Bauer. We got a nice little write up from The Los Angeles Beat:
Why is it the sauce, lettuce and tomato on a fast food sandwich never line up right?—And why…why is it they almost never spread the “special sauce” on the bun for most optimal absorption and then stack the tomato on top of a convex leaf of crisp lettuce? This is exactly what actress Sarah Allyn Bauer contemplates in Chelsea Sutton’s humorous and thought provoking “The Graveyard Shift”. In the midst of working the 3 am shift at a fast food drive up window, Bauer frustratedly reassesses her twenty-nine-year-old, scholastically indebted, existence whilst stifling a screaming fit adjacent to the deep fat fryer. Feeling stuck between two buns, she stops just short of that while marshaling all hope and resourcefulness. As a start, she also decides she will stack the ingredients on her sandwiched creations any way she sees fit, despite what the corporate manual dictates, “Bottom bun, secret sauce, tomato, lettuce, top bun!”
Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy
The last four weeks I’ve been lucky to be the assistant director to Dimitri Toscas on the funny and sweet show Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy. The show is going to be amazing! The actors are so great and the design for the show is going to be stunning – so whether you’re familiar with Gilda Radner or not, you should definitely come and check it out. It’s not a love letter to Gilda or a revue of her sketches – it’s a more intimate almost love story about the writer Alan Zweibel’s friendship with Gilda from when they started on Saturday Night Live together until she died from ovarian cancer in 1989.
Gilda Radner was not a huge part of my consciousness before this show, but now I can’t get her out. I have to say, I feel A LOT like Gilda in this sketch from her one woman show:
Also, “Let’s Talk Dirty to the Animals” is stuck on a loop in my head:
A few other things:
The Vagrancy is raising money for their season. They are a good group, so check them out and throw a few coins their way if you have them.
Steven Leigh Morris is launching a campaign for a new theater criticism outlet. Check it out and support if it’s something you care about (if you’re in theater, you should care).
A story of mine will be published in Bourbon Penn soon. Can’t wait!