Tonight Ryan (from Mobtown Players - www.mobtown.net) and I are being interviewed by a features reporter from the Baltimore Sun about the 10 Minute Play Showcase next week. Very excited about that! We're now opening the event to the public because we have over 100 rsvps and still more people want to come. It's getting a little out of control, but I think all will work out fine. I think this means we can now have the bar open and a tech person. Cross your fingers.
Monday night was the first rehearsal of my piece, "Anesthesia," and it was fun, and excruciating, to hear my own words. It's going to go well, though, I can feel it, and I finally got the monologue for the main character to a place where I won't be humiliated hearing it at the performance. The response from everyone who's read it has been very good. I think it's more a one-act (about 1/2 hour) play, but I need to see and hear it onstage first to see where I might expand it. If it works as 10 mins, I won't touch it. I'd like to work more in the form though, one-acts as well. I have one of the latter somewhere that I need to dig up and see if I can rework it. After working on my writing in bits and pieces over the last 6 months, it felt really wonderful to write something full out and finish it. The intensity was a great rush. It's primed me for more work so 3rd novel here I come! Glad I already have 50 or so pages so I'm not starting from scratch.
But back to showcase night and the Sun article - what's really great is that all this exposure could mean more people sign up for the workshops. Gregg (from CityLit Project - www.citylitproject.org) and I are talking about how we might handle having a large response - whether we'd have two classes, etc. And I'm thinking of other ways to get the word out - such as creating an anthology (each year) of participant work to be published by a local college press and distributed at local bookstores.
This would also mean more people would know about my mentoring services and I could begin working with teen writers, as I'd like to, though I'm happy to work with adults as well. I've already had 3 people approach me in the last two weeks about my editing services so that's going well too.
UPDATE ON BIG DRAMA: no apology and haven't run into him in the hallway, thank goodness (there are 8 resident artists and we all live in the building of the non-profit community arts org that awarded us the residency - you can stay for up to 3 years). He should be moved out by the first week of July and somehow, I know there'll be a huge energy shift towards the positive when it's over.