So as part of this experiment in blogging and keeping people up to date on what I’m working on, I’m going to devote Mondays to whatever project I’m working on. I’m hopeful that this will keep me accountable in my writing. I’ll admit it, I’m a lazy writer at times and only get serious when there is a deadline looming.
That’s where this comes in, Monday’s will be The Monday WIP (maybe I’ll have to design a banner or something to go at the top of this). WIP, in this instance, stands for Work In Progress.
And since I am primarily a children’s/YA playwright, the majority of my WIPs will be categorized as such. But that isn’t to say that I won’t dip into my fiction writing or even my school related lit projects and papers from time to time.
That all said, let me tell you what’s new in the world of Emergency Room Productions
I came up with this idea while talking to a friend of mine at an Applebees back in March. We were performing Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and getting ready to plan whatever the Christmas show would be for the theater company we both work with. After much discussion and lots of coffee, this idea came stumbling out. It had been sitting on the back burner of my mind until this past summer after I finished Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! I had several weeks off and needed to do something, so I began writing this take on the Puss in Boots fairy tale.
The story is simple. What happens when Puss has three challenges to overcome while being doggedly pursued by one Rumplestiltskin? This is a piece that is coming together quite well in my opinon.
I read Kate Chopin’s short story last year in one of my Intro to Fiction class and fell in love with it. it’s a beautiful and haunting story of women’s liberation in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Upon reading it I was struck by how theatrical it could be done with a strong female actor. It’s a work I haven’t put a lot of time in on, but one I want to revisit. While I always strive to make my plays “family friendly”, I do believe that theater should be used to challenge beliefs and norms and raise questions. The Story of an Hour is my first attempt at a more serious dramatic work but one I’m excited to see how it comes together.
So what do you think? Do either of these sound promising to YOU? What do you think of The Monday WIP? Let me know in the comments below.