There’s been another new development — possibly even a breakthrough – insofar as my goal to produce the new musical Eden in Babylon is concerned.
It looks like there’s a very strong chance that the University will permit the use of their Theater Arts students in a reading of the script, to be held at some point after the 14th of January.
This came about when my assistant Danielle asked me if I had ever thought about simply walking into the Theater Arts Department with a hard copy of my script, and asking if they had any ideas as to how to expedite a work-in-progress production. I had to tell her honestly that the thought had never crossed my mind. For one thing, I really didn’t have a script with which I was completely comfortable until a little over a week ago. Nor was the first coil-bound copy of the script created until six days ago. So it seemed like an idea whose time was ripe.
The reception I received at the Department office far exceeded my expectations. The Media Relations Assistant turned out to be a wonderfully warm and supportive person. During a very pleasant and informative chat of about a half hour or so, I was advised of the Department philosophy:
“Plays are not meant to be read —
they are meant to be acted, directed,
So while they would not read my play further than a quick skim, I was assured that if I sent them a email letter of intent with script attached, my email would be forwarded to all undergraduate and graduate Acting students in an effort to encourage their involvement.
The MRA also told me that my having a large cast (27) would actually work to my advantage in this context, because students are typically much less intimidated with the larger-cast projects than if, say, it were a cast of two. She said that they generally are enthused about the large group effort, and eager to participate, free of charge.
Because I had been expecting anything from a cold shoulder to a run–through-the-ringer, I found the brief encounter to be a catalyst to further inform my path. It occurs to me that I might as well take the vocal score to the School of Music and ask the director of the jazz choir if there are any singing majors who would like to sing on a demo recording of the project. it can’t hurt. And who knows? They might even work for free.
In general, I don’t feel the sense of postpartum that I felt last March after having given birth to such a huge baby. At the same time, I know a few things about my bipolarity as it can manifest over the long-term. If for no other reason than to stave off another period of deep depression and artistic frustration, I think it behooves me to optimize the current energy — and strike while the iron is hot.
Please donate to Eden in Babylon.
Anything Helps – God Bless!