It’s been an artistic summer so far, directing Holly Morse-Ellington’s “Free To Go” in NYC (featured actors: Holly and Jason Tinney), and now “B-Side Man” was just this minute published in Eclectica magazine. (click on the book) Eclectica, started way back in 1996 is one of the oldest — and still surviving –— online ‘zines. And they published the whole dang play. Not an excerpt, the whole dang play! I love how they gave us a tease about content, and while it’s all minimalist to the bone, they definitely captured the overall essence and flavor of the playwright and the play.
I’m particularly thrilled about the “Contributors’ Notes” As you scroll down, you’ll see that they didn’t skimp on putting in the whole kit’n kaboodle about Alonzo. Yes, I wrote it, but did I think it would ALL make the final cut? Needless to say, I’m happy it did. As always, I feel as though there could be more “B-Side” opportunities on the near horizon, since it’s such a tight little nugget of drama & literature.
And look for future collaborations between Alonzo, Jason and Holly, they’re the equally eclectic duo who form “Limestone Connection.” They write plays, prose, essays, work the storytelling gumbo pot and it all comes together under a great big “southern gothic/e” blues & folk umbrella of many colors.
So hooray for good news in the summer. Moving forward, the forecast is sunny. Let fall and winter artistic news be the chewy gristle of a cheap steak, summer should feel like brand new duds splashing down the boulevard. We all yearn to be in full regalia in summertime.
Starting in September I’m happy to say that I’ll be working with veterans once again. I’ll be teaching a storytelling workshop at the Reginald Lewis Museum right here in downtown Baltimore.
I was contacted by JW Rone, Director of Veterans’ Initiatives at The Institute For Integrative Health, who asked if I was interested. I had reached out to the Veterans Initiatives months ago, just to offer my services.
Well, out of the blue an opportunity arose that seems right up my alley. The workshop will run from Sept. to March, hopefully it’ll culminate with a performance. Whether that’s a reading, or an actual on-it’s-feet storytelling event, much like The Telling Project — either way seems exciting to me. I think I have something to offer, regardless of format. And I plan on bringing my “A game” to the experience. I’ve mentioned a zillion times what an organic and thoroughly transformative process it was working with “Telling,” and I wanted that experience to continue. Lucky for me, it has. It seems that my lot in life is to discover ways that I can fully utilize whatever writing and directing skills that I have. And the outlets that I’ve found are always “soulful” in nature. If I have any legacy outside of writing my own plays, it’s that I was fortunate enough to allow others to find their own voice, and realize the power behind their own words and deeds.
Carving out a career in Playwriting can be damn sobering and, at times, soul-crushing. Hey you could throw in a full liter of “depressing” too! But you can’t let the amount of productions, publicity (or lack thereof) or recognition define what you do, or who you are. For me, sharing has been a wonderful antidote to all the missing elements that a life in the theatre can bring.