Two play-readings tomorrow

28 Jul

My director Maya Roth and I sat in a Cajun cafe in the French Quarter tonigh and ate blackened catfish, then went through the Trojan Barbie script in preparation for tomorrow’s Jane Chambers reading–great far-ranging conversation from war to aesthetics. It is hard to be in the ringing echo of disaster here. It’s also wonderful to be in a play world, working on a play, again.

Tomorrow is a big day: two readings of two different plays of mine! Both on the theme of war. The Theatre & Religion focus group are reading my play MOTHERGUN in the morning, and then the big TROJAN BARBIE reading with reception afterwards (I have flatly refused to do a talk back, and Maya is right with me on that–so it’s snacks and drinks and hang around and talk if you want to). I hope it goes well but really, what mattters the most is being in a room with actors and director again and beginning the work of dreaming the play-world into being. It’s one of the things I live for. And we have a cast of NOLA actors as well as actors from within the ATHE conference ranks, so I’m excited about that too. Local connection and dialogue through doing something creative together.

I wish I could take in more of my surroundings, I feel a responsibility to at least acknowledge that I’m in the sheltered tiny nook of NOLA that abuts a huge natural-disaster zone, left criminally unattended by the Government—but I am still so drained from the defense, and then all the change— the new job, the reading, the change in home circumstances– when life changes gears it often does so in all areas at once, and this is one of those times. Below the surface of my mind, a lot of shifts and shocks are being assimilated, and on the surface—tired, blank, slow, as if in a daydream but with no content to it.

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2 Responses to “Two play-readings tomorrow”

  1. Enrique July 28, 2007 at 8:09 pm #

    I hope you’re not presenting a paper as well. That seems like it would be too much. I hope the readings go spectacularly.

  2. xtine3 July 29, 2007 at 5:02 am #

    no, no paper presentation! I think my brain would have melted into its stem.
    the play readings were great and i met my new artistic family. that makes me hugely happy.

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