As I sit between them, I've been working on two different projects this morning that you may have read a bit about if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter. The first is a total page one re-write of Room 16. I've been working on this musical for a couple of years with the esteemed Stephen Sislen. We decided to take a new and scary tack. I am doing a complete re-write of the project as if it were a play. I made a version of the script without any of Stephen's delicious songs to see what we learn if I'm forced to find the dramatic action without the songs. I'm up to page 17 and it is painstaking, still scary, and also exhilarating. I am starting to find stuff. It is a forward and backward process. I'm on page 12 and then I get clearer about something on page 3 and up and down. I think it will take lots of layering to get it where I want to be. I am really trying to break out to a stronger voice for the piece and all of the characters. Not for nothing, my hero in this is Raymond Chandler. Last night I read a great essay by him on writing a mystery and today I started ready the Lady of the Lake. Every sentence. Every damn sentence. Such a strong voice, perspective, energy, and forward action. So I'm trying in fits and starts to get there. Determined as always.
My other project was a complete break from the norm. For Lf&Tms, we are working toward a presentation and we want to add some visuals - what will eventually be shot photos and film footage. Right now, I started just pulling images into a power point. Searching by keyword on google images - cbgbs, 1980s rock, junkies, male hustlers, white trash single mothers - like that. Didn't get all I wanted, but some very interesting images popped up. I made a first stab and now, like we do, my collaborator Ariel Aparicio is doing his own searching and emailing me more images. This is how we work and I so value. We build things together in this free flowing collaborative way. With ease, we toss things back and forth, honestly say yes and no, and seem to always end up more together than either would make alone.
It's time to get back to Room 16 because before too long my darling neighbor Sandra will be knock knock knock to start working on the new Surprise Project - more on that when I'm ready to share. And these sleeping dogs will rise and want to go for another walk. Love Sundays!!!!! Onward.