Saturday, May 18th, 2013 - An Iliad opens at The Guthrie


Monday, May 6, 2013 - An Iliad goes on NPR.

Such a great occasion - being on NPR. I'm a loyal listener and fan and to actually be on Tom Ashbrook's show was an honor. He is a great interviewer - actually came and saw the show in Boston on Saturday and we spent an hour talking about the themes of the play: rage, war, the cost of violence. Check out the link below.

An Iliad goes on On Point

On Point show via soundcloud

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - Goodbye Boston and Thank You.

Well, we leave Boston wiser, a little tired but definitely stronger. What a great experience for our company and perfect first step on our stop and start world tour. It certainly didn't hurt that we were generously received by the critical community and were given the gift of smart, attentive, passionate audiences. I think it's all the colleges in Boston.

On Friday night, after the show, there was a discussion and a large number of the folks who had just sat through 100 minutes of Homer stayed to talk and reflect. (Actually, it was 98 minutes. My stage manager, Donald, keeps meticulous records and as anyone in theatre knows, you always keep track of the time. I was 103 last Saturday, 104 last Sunday, 98 this past Friday and 100 on Saturday night. Finally got it right - that 100 minutes).

What's next for our little troupe? Wellllll....not sure. We are doing 1 show in Purchase, NY September 29th. Then we have a sit down production of 3 weeks in L.A. (Santa Monica) in January 2014. Between then and now.. who knows? I know I"ll be running lines in my head to keep them relatively fresh. Oh, and Lisa and I will be writing our next play. Besides that? Ummmm, reading.

Monday, April 29, 2013 - We opened.

So we opened our mini tour in Boston on Saturday the 27th of May, 2013. It went very well.

We actually didn't know what to expect here in Boston - after the events of the past 2 weeks. After all, our play is about war, violence, death, mayhem. Was this really the moment to talk to the citizens of Boston about these things? The audience couldn't have been more attentive and receptive. As someone mentioned in the lobby afterward, one of the functions of theatre - especially theatre as the Greeks conceived of it, was to create catharsis in the audience - that experience of identification and release. I'm not sure that we have a positive message to impart at the end, but we do ask the audience to consider mankind's tendency toward violence and the effect that has.

On a lighter note - what a beautiful place Boston is in spring. Could not have been more magical. The cherry trees in blossom, white blossoms of pear trees all along the streets and on the Commons. Of course, navigating the packs of students looking for the next bar on Friday and Saturday nights is an experience that I don't need to have again. But that aside.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - tech tech tech tech

So what we are trying to do here in Boston is assemble a touring version of the show - a light and sound plot, a template for the set. Our next stop is possibly Ireland, then Purchase, NY in September, then L.A. for 3 weeks in January 2014, then.......

The theatre is pretty great. Good acoustics which means the world to you when it's just you and your voice for an hour and 40 minutes. It's a nice sized house - don't know the seat count but you can take in the audience easily as you're standing on stage and even the balcony doesn't feel miles away. Backstage...not so much. Who designs theatres???? Really??

I remember in college we had to design a theatre - the exercise meant to force us into thinking about ALL needs - that of the actors, the crew, the front of house, etc. The Broadway houses are not perfect, God knows, but some of these theatres - sheesh. We can't control the climate backstage - to do that you have to call.....Arizona. Yes. That's where the people live who make the decision to alter our temperature in Boston. Do you really want to put your climate fate in the hands of someone who thinks that 104 degrees is normal? Oh, and to change the thermostat you need to submit a work order. Went to take a nap on the Equity Cot (yes there is such a thing) aaaaannd...the lights don't turn off in the dressing room. Yup. No switch. Can't turn 'em off. Not your decision. Oh, and just attempt to make an entrance from the dressing room underground bunker area to the stage. Leave yourself time.

Monday, April 22, 2013

So our first stop on our somewhat intermittent world tour begins. Donald, our stage manager and Scott, our lighting designer arrived in Boston on Sunday night and Lisa, Rachel, Brian and I all met at Penn station Monday morning and took the 8:30 train. We imagined all sitting together and chatting - getting one of those 4 seat areas - comfortably installed - maybe we could even get a table in the cafe car where we could plug in and use the generous Amtrak wi-fi and get some work done. Uh....no. As per usual when they announce the track in Penn station, there was a mad dash (although fairly casual and restrained I thought) to line up at door 10E. The line quickly became at least 2 lines with feeder streams from right and left which meant that you had to start subtly elbowing your way as you got closer to the ticket taker.

Train was hilarious. Lost Brian and his bass almost immediately. Didn't see him again until we arrived in Boston. Lisa texted me to say she and Rachel were in car # 8526 - what does that mean??? Lisa and Denis on trainEventually we found each other and hopped back onto the cafe car to find a work table. Uh -- yeah. Right. Nothin' doin'. Those folks had gotten on in D.C. and were not budging - camped out with cords and computers and iPads and yellowpads. Lisa and I finally found 2 seats together after New Haven and we did some light Leviticus reading. Rachel put in earplugs. Later, after Providence, we found an empty table in the cafe car and were able to work a little on the galleys for "An Iliad". We hope to be published in the next few weeks. The play is already available in manuscript form from DPS.

Arrived in Boston in no time. Always nice to travel together. When we really get serious about this touring thing however, we have to get ourselves a bus. An Iliad bus. The Homer Express. Complete with a kitchen, bunks, a library, media room. A bus........