Well Act One of the new play is done and I’m quite happy with it. I may need to swap a couple of scenes and maybe cut some digressionary dialogue, but for my first effort in 3 years and my first attempt at full-length ever, I’m not going to complain. I got Act Two underway today and I’m feeling comfortable with it as well, though I still have no idea how it will (or should) end. I’m still me after all.
I’ve been reading nothing but plays the last few weeks, which I think has helped immensely. I’m also going to see a play tonight at the Purple Rose Theatre, the local professional theater company formed by Jeff Daniels. Here’s a sampling of plays I’ve read lately:
Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
American Buffalo by David Mamet
Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies
Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies
Proof by David Auburn
Coronado by Dennis Lehane
Closer by Patrick Marber
Buried Child by Sam Shepard
Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard
The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang
I should probably read more comedies to offset all of the drama, but there is plenty of dark humor in many of these plays and that’s what me likes anyway. I’ve read the entire Neil Simon canon, but comedy plays are just hard to come by in publication. They don’t have the same cache as the dramas though they are usually more commercially successful. The play I’m seeing tonight is a comedy though, it’s a prequel to Jeff Daniels’ first play Escanaba in da Moonlight.
Any suggestion for the theater literate among you?