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Got a massive lack of response to sending out the musicals last year, which is not terribly surprising. Didn't expect to hear back from any more theaters at this point. But then got a personal response back from the New Georges, saying Fire and Ice was inventive & smart but not a match for them.
Responded to say, "well, but as a theatrical institution you stress that you're looking to develop relationships with female playwrights rather than individual plays, and my new work Pyglation and Gamalea is better suited to you, may I send it to you and if so, PDF or hard copy?"
They responded immediately with, "Hard copy, please!" So, my first professional request for P&G, before I even started sleuthing out where to send it. Go me!
(In other news, I'm whistling along on my current piece, Venn Diagram, which is an interesting balancing act alongside lots of springtime gardening and starting a course of strength training, while, y'know, living my generally-busy life. Whee!)
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I just got the last arrangement done of Fire and Ice, two and a half years after I first set out to make-there-be-music such that other people could hear how it's supposed to go.

Seventeen songs, people. And in a couple of weeks, the contests open (and one closes again after three weeks): the big-name contests of the music theatre world, with money and prestige and recognition attached, almost always won by men (and teams of men at that). To coin a phrase, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere. The best-known contest requires 45 minutes of music submitted with an entry - and I have 56 minutes.

There's everything-else happening in the last few weeks, with high drama, huge emotions from Sylvana, a resumption of the land search, and all the late-spring grubbing a girl could ask for. But I can't begin to get a handle on it, so I'll leave it at this: I shared The Princess Bride with Sylvana, and it was awesome.
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Woot, I am chair-dancing! My revision of Fire and Ice, she is finish! Almost a year after the first take, but I was kind of busy this year. :P

I've never before enjoyed rewriting - when I did it to get a story published at 20, I said that it was like cutting off my baby's arms and sewing them on backwards (not that I would have known). But this! This was fun. I shaved that puppy down from 129 pages to 99 (should be under two hours), tossed out two songs, and now have something that feels manageable instead of lumbering.

And now I must read everything the internet thinks about what I can do to get it produced. Unless you happen to know a theatrical company looking to do a cutting-edge apocalyptic musical with eight principles and six in the ensemble?
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So, absolutely no thanks to me, Fire and Ice is now up on YouTube. Chris Lahey (who performed as Frank) deserves all the credit for cutting it into useable pieces and putting them up.

It is as rough (especially early on) as one would expect from a piece as unrehearsed as this was, but I believe you can still get the gist.

Also understand that I know this to be a work in progress. I've already gotten plenty of useful feedback suggesting where my rewrites will lie: making Frank's character less unlikeable, making Act One less redundant in establishing the characters, stripping back the conversations with Janet and adding in a boyfriend for Madison who is stuck vacationing in Europe, rewriting "Who Can We Blame," and possibly leaving out "Buy Buy Buy." I'm open to hearing your thoughts!
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Just finished the read/sing-through of my musical. I need a drink.

Okay, I have a drink. Now I need a, a...something to stop me from vibrating with excitement for the entire rest of the day.

I kind of can't believe it's already over. Like, it's so long! And it took so much work to have some people read and sing things I wrote in front of other people. Who knew? Oh, right, anyone involved in theater, i.e. not me. But yes, there were plenty of people there to read, sing, play, film, and witness Fire and Ice.

The library closed about two minutes after I finished singing the last note, so nobody could stay and hobnob about it, but I think the majority of the audience took a moment to shake my hand and say something to effect of, "That was awesome." People clapped after the best songs, laughed even more than I expected (yes, it's a tragedy, but it can't be leaden for two and a half hours), and did indeed seem yanked around by the heartstrings, just as I wanted. I'm sure it can use some tweaking (and seven more arrangements, out of nineteen), but I think it's safe to say, it works.

Next stop, Broadway! :P
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A family slogs across post-apocalyptic America. Most of them die. And, perhaps the worst indignity of all, they are characters in a musical, and so they have to warble about the whole damn thing.

It's Fire and Ice, the epic tragedy that I've been crafting for the past two years. Some cohorts and I will be doing a read/sing-through, open to the public, in the conference room of the main Somerville library.

We will start promptly at 2:00 and likely go til about 5:00, with an intermission between acts. Did I mention there are 19 songs? There are 19 songs. If we're lucky, a majority will be accompanied by piano.

Yes, bring your videocamera. Yes, invite your friends, at least those whose tastes run to countercultural musicals. Yes, volunteer to read a part (in which case, I'll email you the script beforehand) and/or sing (in which case, I'll email you song files and coordinate rehearsing beforehand). But mostly, if you've ever wondered what else the writer of Never After might have to say, just show up, because, YES!, it is finally ready for your delectation.

(But no: don't worry that I will be offended if you don't show up. I get that a musical post-apocalyptic Grapes of Wrath isn't for everyone.)
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I want to hold a performance of Fire and Ice on the first weekend of February. I'm hoping for a bigger audience than will fit comfortably into someone's living room, so I'd like to reserve the conference room at the Somerville public library, but it's only open until 5:00 on weekends. I expect the performance will take 2 1/2 hours, plus we should plan for an intermission and a little wriggle room at the end, so I'm thinking 2-5:00.

What works best for you (sorry, can't do a poll)?
a) Saturday, February 2, 2-5:00
b) Sunday, February 3, 2-5:00
c) use a different venue that will allow for a later afternoon/early evening performance


Dec. 31st, 2012 12:22 pm
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Told you. :)

It's been over two years that I've been writing Fire and Ice. It took me the first two-thirds of the time to write the first one-third of the script, but then I thankfully found my groove, and since the spring it's felt like I could finish this year. So I did. Including rewrite.

It's 128 pages, about two and a half hours runtime. Nineteen songs, well over an hour of music even before an overture or whatever. Sometimes people have expressed amazement about one person writing the music, lyrics, and libretto, whereas to me it's not amazing, merely a lot of work; what boggles my mind is the idea of trying to mesh talents between multiple people to produce things. (Unsurprisingly, I'm having a hell of a time getting this bugger arranged.)

Congratulate me, people. This was the longest, most intentional, epic, demanding thing I've ever written. I believed that Never After was good, and many hundreds of people apparently agreed. I'm telling you that this is better. It may not necessarily be to your tastes, but it is a damn fine work.


Feb. 21st, 2012 11:48 pm
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So I'm still adrenaliney, hours after the fact. In other words, that worked.

Twenty people showed up to hear a cold reading and songs from the first act of Fire and Ice. Twenty! I feel all supported and heard and stuff. And then they workshopped it! Even better than when that happened piecemeal about Never After: I can incorporate changes before putting it in front of hundreds of people. (Assuming that I have the chance to put it before hundreds of people.)

Overall, I think it was quite well received, with enough positive commentary that I think this is on the right path to be a great play and enough criticism that I know people weren't blowing sunshine up my ass. I came home with a boatload of suggestions, a head percolating with ideas, and a 60-watt smile.

Thanks, y'all. Now, how the heck do I calm down enough to sleep? I know, I'll jump back into working on Act Two!
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"Fire and Ice", Act One, in narrated house-concert (reading by some of y'all, songs by me & Mary Casiello)
February 21, 8:00
First floor of left-hand side of And/Or, 35/37 Kidder Ave, Somerville

Be there or be bereft of the first act of a completely unknown apocalyptic stage musical.
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I love writing musicals.

Fire and Ice is officially underway, and is already going the way of Never After. I don't even fully realize that I'm writing, I'm in this intensely-focused trancelike place and then suddenly hey presto, there's part of a song sitting there. Even if nothing comes of the thing, I'm going to have a hell of a lot of fun writing it.

Twenty-two songs I have planned, people. Oh, and some text in between.


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