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Sunday, June 19, 2005

I am the Lobster

I've never felt more like a redneck. Yesterday I spent the day with my inlaws floating the river and getting the nastiest burn I've had in quite a while. It's not that bad, but lately I've been really good about getting SPF 100ed up when I'm in the sun. Seems this time I could have used another coat. Floating the River was a lot of fun, though. This is something that I did countless times as a child with my own family, and did a couple of times in college, but haven't done in 6 or 7 years. The last time was in Arizona on the Salt River. Picture the most increadibly cold river in the hottest and driest desert. Kind of like Bugs Bunny seeing that mirage in the wilderness. Only it's real.

I'd like to thank everyone who chimed in on the play. The main problems with the play have been that one.)authors voice (mine) shows though way too much and it comes off as preachy sometimes. This is difficult to tell in the synopsis that I gave, but some of my astute readers picked up on that danger anyway. two.)I have struggled with whether or not anyone would care to come see this play, given that it is about a very narrow interest. I've come to the conclusion that you can write a mainstream play about Christianity, if it appeals to people on more levels than just faith. I'm thinking of the play God's Man in Texas about a televangelist preacher wrestling with whether taking over his dad's position in the pulpit at a megachurch in Texas is really what's right for him (wow, that scenerio sounds familiar.) But it was written very objectively by a non-Christian, and you wouldn't know it. And it's so well written that it doesn't matter if you aren't a Christian. You get it because we all deal with issues like that. So that's what I'm going for.

If anyone would like to read the play, let me know and I will send you a copy. I would also like to have a reading of the play in the near future to see how things have come along. Tell me if you are interested and maybe we can make a party out of it. The cast is as follows:

SANDRA, 40s matriarch
MERVIN, 40s her husband
SUSANNE, 18 daughter
ETHAN, 12 son
KELLY, 19 college student.
JEREMY, 21 slightly older college student
SCOTT, 20s, Susanne's boyfriend
DIANE, 30s or 40s, a neighborhood supermom

If you want to help me out let me know. Casual readings are good ways to discuss new plays and a good excuse to have a party.


Nathan Bruhn said...

Sounds good. I'm glad to hear that you've come to a stopping point with the script.....at least for now. I know how that goes.

Bring a copy of the script to rehearsal on Monday. I'll take a look at it if you want me to. Not that I would have any better insight on anything as anyone else would.

Monday at rehearsal I am going to bring costumes to rehearsal. I have your entire costume ready. It's all going to look awesome.

Did you have a chance to pick up the flats for the set?

Anyhow, red lobster tans rule!


The Mad C said...

I often find that lobsters write amazing plays.

Can you e-mail me a copy? I'd like to read it.


Chad said...

Great idea! It never fails, I have to cook my skin at least one time every summer. It happened for me this past weekend at the Syer's lake house. We'll just say that I radiate heat quite well right now.

ML said...

As a well-meaning mom I must say, "take better care of your skin, Kyle." But I know you had a great time on the river. Being a cool river rat is very appealing in this summer heat.

I would like to come to a play reading/party. You can tell all your friends what a great party animal your old mom is. I promise not to squelch your purpose of learning how to improve your play. I can be the mom in the play. OH...I AM a mom! LOL

ML said...

Oh I must add a lame joke after rereading your blog title...."I am the walrus, coo-coo cashoo.."

*Rachael Ann* said...

I would LOVE to read your play. I'm into theatre - but it's more behind the scenes stuff.

Nathan Bruhn said...

I just dropped a huge publicity bomb for "Leaving College Station". Check your inbox on your email. You will see my performance notification that I left everyone. I tried to make it look as much like "copy" as I could. Big Letters, bold fonts. You know. Anyhow. I hope it works.

You have to forward that email to everyone you know now........until we email the world! Or at least annoy enough people!

Maegan Carnew said...

Hey Kyle,
I'd really like to read your play. If you don't find anyone 18 or 19 to reads those parts, I'd be happy to do it for you. I'll see you tonight.