Smith & Kraus Publishers just released the latest edition of their 'Best Ten-Minute Plays' series of anthologies and I’m very pleased to have had my play “The Craft” included in this year’s collection. I’ve been fortunate to have had quite a number of productions of “The Craft” since I first wrote it, and I’m hoping this added exposure will lead to a few more.
One of my favorite productions of it occurred in a most unlikely place – the little town of Woy Woy, on the coast of NSW, Australia (by the aptly named Woy Woy Little Theatre). I think that’s one of the most wonderful things about being a playwright – you never know what far-flung corner of the world your words will brought to life in. Anyway, they did a tremendous job with it, and if you’re curious you can take a look at it here:
It's really my little paean to theatre. The actors are performing a play within the play, but instead of hearing the text they're performing, you're hearing their inner dialogues. Actors seem to enjoy doing it as it touches upon a lot of things they've doubtless all experienced in one form or another.
Sorry about the knee trauma. I put my back out big time last week, so I feel your pain. Hope the meds help, at least.
I learned a long time ago the little children's recitiation I learned in Kindergarten is sooooo true!
The toe bone's connected to the foot bone
The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone
The ankle bone's connected to the shin bone
The shin bone's connected to the knee bone
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone
The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone
The hip bone's connected to the back bone...
...and on up!
And when one of the lower parts is screwy and out of kilter...
...eventually the upper parts begin to crumble or go awry.
Just like a brick building.
And eventually it all needs some tuck pointing or new support beams.
Good foundations are the key.
Just like in playwriting or anything else.
Thank god I've lived in an era when things can be worked on. (And that I've have good Insurance.)
For many years I've been able to predict rain two days ahead of time! Should have been a meteorologist.
Years ago I learned the best knee doctors were in Northern Ireland due to all of the "kneecappings." Sadly/Fortunately Medicine always has learned so much from the violent nature of the numerous and continued Wars of Mankind.
Now there are many. And in Chicago some of the very best.
Sometimes I feel as if my life is an example of "The History of Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Knee..and Back." Sounds like a play title. Or, "My Love Affair with The Ace Bandage." That sounds much sexier.
For the back, get a large, good soft-gel Ice pack. 15 minutes ever hour or so.
Keep it in the freezer. And don't laugh too hard at anything! (And a little Valium. Generic: Diazepam.)
Good luck with the back.
P.S. The length of reply means I have a lot of time to sit on my ass right now!
You're so right about it all being interconnected. A few years back I was hit by a car - broken rib, banged up good and proper, and in the weeks after, during my rehab, I learned just how interdependent all of it is. Actually, it was then that I first experienced the skills of a chiropractor. I'd always looked upon their practice as something akin to voodoo. But I'll tell you, despite the almost violent assaults he seemed to be making on my back, I walked out of there feeling literally ten feet taller. It was remarkable!
Some years prior to that I had my right hip bone smashed apart (long story), and that, much like your battle-hardened ability, affords me my own personal rain prognosticator.
Well, thanks for the recommendation on chilling the back. I can never remember if it's hot or cold that's best for these things, so I'll gratefully take your ice advice.
The good part about being immobilized is that it gives you plenty of time to write. The bad part is that when you're in pain it's difficult, nay impossible, to concentrate on anything at all for very long. And if you're taking major meds...whoa!