Friday, November 20, 2009

In Awe After Or: My Take Away


It's been a while since I've posted an entry. Life has been crazy. I've been juggling work, getting married, and moving Karim into my mom's place. I know what you're thinking, still at moms. Yes, in spite of  the claims that the recession is over, I don't buy it. Karim are taking advantage of the opportunity to save, but that's another blog.
Lately, I haven't felt the need to blog, not until now. I'm going to do my best to keep this short and to the point (which is sometimes hard for me).
Last night, I saw the play Or, produced by Women's Project, written by Liz Duffy Adams and directed by Wendy McClellan. I was really looking forward to the production for two reasons. The first is that I can't even remember the last time I saw a play in the city. Needless to say, I was long over due. The second was that I was supporting women in theater.
Back in September, Halima Flynn, a colleague, fellow thespian and theater director told me about a meeting called 50/50 by 2020. The 50/50 by 2020 is a collaborative of professional women writers, directors, and actors proactively looking for parity in relationship to our male counterparts in the business of theater. After attending the meeting I felt energized and knew I needed to be a part of this cause. I personally believe that this movement will not just affect women in theater; it will have an impact for women across the board. I took my first step in actively supporting this movement by joining Women's Project as a professional member and attending the production of Or.
Or, is a fantastic play. I think I'm going to try and see it again before the extended run ends on December 13, 2009.
The production casts Kelly Hutchinson (Desire Under The Elms), Andy Paris (Laramie Project), and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men). Although each actor gives a strong performance, I have to give it to Kelly and Andy for the backstage jostling to play multiple characters. Good acting, direction, and writing are fused together to give the audience a thought provoking comedy that shows the talent and complexity of Aphra Behn (Maggie Siff) a former spy who wants to get into show biz. If she can only write her play without interruptions from her love life—celebrity Nell Gwynne, King Charles II, and double-agent William Scott, among others. While war rages and Aphra and her friends celebrate free love, cross-dressing and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s start to look like the 1960s.

If you have the time I highly recommend checking Or out. For more information, visit their website at http://www.womensproject.org/on_our_stage.htm or become a facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/WomensProject?ref=ts.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Keeping My Dream Alive

I can't believe November is here. It all seems to quick for me. I'm not ready to face the fact that there is less then two months to the end of the 2009. Yikes! Every year I tend to get a little frantic as the end of the year approaches. I think it's because I begin to look at the year retrospectively and analyze my progress or lack there of. Even though I'm at a stand still now, the second half of this year has been good to me. I earned my MFA in Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University, got engaged (By the way, I will be married this Friday, officially off the market), and my short screenplay, After the Headlines, managed to get recognition by the Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival (www.aoffest.com) and recently, The Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (www.urbanmediamakers.com ).

I'm very proud of the achievements I've listed above, but for the past two months I've been at a standstill with my screenwriting. When I came back from the AOF in July, I was suppose to start the feature length script of After the Headlines. Some how I got distracted with other things in my life (I accept that is my fault). When I went to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico I had every intention of coming back with the treatment done, I started, but it is still not finished.

The responsibility falls on me. I have to step up to the plate and be consistent. While I'm always ready to step up to the plate I lack consistency. It's not just my screenwriting either, my journal entries also suffer from my consistency issue. I need to find a way to be better organized and goal focused when it comes to writing. It's an area that I realize is a weak point for me. It's easy to make accuses but I don't have that luxury. If I'm to keep my dream alive, I have to write and write everyday.

I know that success doesn't come easy. It takes tons of effort, heart, and due diligence. I'm old enough to know that an "overnight success" is not real. It's an ideal that we've been made to believe exists in our society, but it doesn't. Those who obtain success have given all of themselves to obtain their dreams. A lot of folks equate success with money and fame. While it's part of the equation, true success comes from doing what you love.

I love the feeling I have when I finish a script. I have a sense of accomplishment. I could use that these days. Right now, I'm caught in the mix of trying to take myself to the next level, which requires me to get my scripts in the hands of agents. I don't think I've accomplished enough for the next level.

I hold the answers to the issues I've raised in this blog. In order to keep my dreams alive, I have to write. My writing has to speak for itself and in order for it to speak, I have to write.