WHEN YOUR PLAY FINDS LIFE
Over ten years ago I began writing a full-length play called THE ART OF DISAPPEARING.
I wrote a fast draft in a graduate class taught by David Scott Milton.
I painstakingly revised it in a Saturday workshop led by Lee Wochner and filled with wonderfully smart playwrights including EM Lewis, Terence Anthony, Ross Tedford Kendall and Michael David (among others.)
I sent it out to countless theaters and received countless rejections.
It was a finalist for the Princess Grace Award and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill.
It’s been rewritten and reworked and finally after all of this, it found a champion.
That champion is Ann Filmer who directed the Chicago Dramatists’ reading.
She saw something in my work and committed to giving it a world premiere at her 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL.
And it’s finally happening.
We have a production team.
We have a cast.
We have an opening date– January 29, 2015.
It’s starting to feel real.
My life looks unbelievably different than when I wrote the first draft of this play. I’m a mom to two young boys now. I write in the brief moments when both boys are asleep and I’m awake. Sometimes I write standing up in the kitchen in between cooking breakfast and packing lunch.
Mostly, I write in my head in those quiet moments when I’m nursing my ten-month-old. Or when I’m driving home from school pick-up and my four-year-old is too tired to ask me the million questions he has about why we’re in a drought or why that person on the billboard has no teeth. Or whether or not I can smell his fart.
I never expected it to take this long to give a full life to my play.
They say it takes a long time. If ever.
And I am just so grateful that it’s really happening.
I’m grateful for every step along the way.
I’m grateful to all the people involved in the development of this play and mostly my husband for believing in me. Bob, you never once said it wouldn’t happen. Thank you.
Now it’s about the work. And the collaboration. I love my collaborators and am so excited to be working on the actual production. Rehearsals begin in December. I get to start my new year in a rehearsal room in Berwyn, IL with some of the most talented artists I’ve ever known.
I’ll be posting more details here as we get closer to the production.
If you’re in Chicago, I hope you’ll come see my play.