I’m back as Head Writer for Wily West Productions’ summer shows. As you may recall, we started a collective writing project last year called Collage Cabaret, which resulted in the TBA-nominated show, SUPERHEROES. This year, Artistic Director, Morgan Ludlow, has upped the ante, ordering two, new shows written in six weeks following the collage format: 9 playwrights generate work on a broad topic over 6 weeks. Each week, I assign a sub-topic relating to the overall theme and we have six days to write as many short plays as we can.
Along with Morgan and I, we invited some of the Bay Area’s best writers to participate. Wily West Associate Artist’s, Karl Schackne and Bridgette Dutta Portman, Melissa Keith, Laylah Muran de Assereto, Conrad Panganiban, Charles Lewis III, and Wily West’s Producing Director, Jaene Leonard. Both shows will be directed by The Breadbox's Ariel Craft.
Of the two shows we are writing simultaneously, one will be a series of monologues surrounding a tragedy that brings a city to its knees. I SAW IT. Did you? An anomalous event has occurred. A city in ruins. Some are saying it wasn’t an act of nature, but a creature, a shadow, a…something. Rumors run rampant, suspicions run high. The #ISawIt hashtag has gone viral. Unsubstantiated reports, conspiracy theories, panic! Does Isla have the answers everyone wants? The government thinks so. Inside an interrogation room, Isla is questioned while outside, a city tries to recover.
The other show, ZERO HOUR: The Mars Experiment, delves into human nature as the first Mars colonists arrive on the red planet and are filmed for a reality TV show. Would you leave everything behind, all the comforts of earthly life—friends, family, ice cream, sex—for the experiment? To live in isolation and the experience taped for a reality show for the people back home on Earth, so that you can be a pioneer, the first to colonize the planet Mars? These six humans did. They left their jobs. Some lost their families. They underwent physical and mental evaluations. They signed contracts. They trained. They made love for the last time. And at ZERO HOUR, they made peace with their decision. But that was six months and sixty-eight days ago.
Writing began Sunday. We are exploring the motivations behind why someone would want to take a one-way ticket to Mars and how fallible memory is, especially during and immediately after a disaster.
Other things I’m equally excited about:
I’m writing a commission piece, ELEMENTS OF BEING A MASCOT, for All Terrain Theatre’s Women in Solodarity and a second commission for SF Olympians Festival, TO THE LIGHT ALIVE.
I’m producing the next Repro Rights theater event to take place this summer. TBA.
I’ll be writing for Seattle-based Pacific Play Company’s collage cabaret show in May.
I’m actively writing BLISS POINT, a full-length play about women, war, and food.