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 Posted: Sat Oct 7th, 2006 12:26 am
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Hi all --My play, "Isaac, I am" won the Helford Prize. WHOO HOO!!                       

It's going to premiere at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, October 19 and run that weekend, as well as the next, closing on Saturday the 28th.

Isaac, I am is a sordid tale of love, life, death and chatrooms.

Address:  Studio Theater, Phillips Fine Arts Building, Jacksonville University Campus, 2800 University Boulevard North.

Dates/times:                                                                                                        Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.                                                                           Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.                                                                           Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                 Sunday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.                                                                         Thursday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.                                                                            Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                   Saturday, October 28. 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling 904-256-7374

My husband Steve and I will be there opening weekend.  We're really excited!

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MaryS,

Congratulations!

A sordid tale involving chatrooms? In Florida?! Why I can't even imagine such a thing. I am going to write my Congressman.

On second thought...

Will you be there for some rehearsals, too?

Hope it goes well.


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Hi "In" -- Thanks for the congrats.  Truly appreciated! It is chilling to see something you write hit a chord with what's going on in the news this very week. Who knew?

 I attended a week's worth of rehearsals and taught a couple of classes at Jacksonville University last month.  It was an amazing experience for me; imagine someone who sits in a little room and writes all the time suddenly thrust into a bright spotlight. I'm still blinking in the glare of it all.

In fact, the moment Professor Deborah Jordan called me with the good news in August, I had just picked up the mail and was reading a rejection letter for another play of mine. They actually addressed it "Dear Mary."  I was feeling grateful to receive a more personal rejection than the usual badly xeroxed terse "we don't want your play" note. 

I'm so grateful "Isaac, I am" is finally on its feet and will get its first production at JU.  It has been blessed with quite a talented group of actors and crew who GET what it's all about--- creating a world of chatrooms, IM's and emails live on stage, where this tale of the real and unreal will collide.  I can't wait to see it.

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Hi all -- A bit of an update here.  The theatre arts students at Jacksonville University have put together an amazing website for the upcoming premiere of "Isaac, I am," which is coming up next week.

When you get to the school site, click on the "Isaac, I am" photo and you'll be sent to the school site.  These folks are so smart! They even set up a page on MySpace for the show. So apt, since the play takes place in chat rooms, IM's and emails.

Here's the web address:

http://arts.ju.edu/

Thanks,

Mary

 

 

 

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Mana: 
This is truly wonderful for you.  I cannot imagine it not opening some major doors.  I might find your Helford Prize enviable if I truly did not care about the success of our members.  I know that you crafted this long before coming here, however Paddy and I are dedicated to playing some small role in the success of our members.  Brava!

What did you write today?

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You and Paddy are doing a wonderful thing here, inspiring us all... so YES you had a part in it.  I'm just so grateful you created this space for us to check markets, read about each others' successes and travails--totally relating to every single one of them, and best of all connecting with one another as fellow travelers.

THANK YOU

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I must tell you that the creator and owner of this space is Paul Thain.  Without Paul, Paddy and I would have to go back walking the streets.

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Mary:  Congratulations to you - I did check the website.  Very appropriate.  I am already drawn into the world and I do not know the play.  I want to know more about staging a play that occurs online???  What an intriguing challenge!  And I love - how happy you are - you are bubbling over and truly enjoying this.

So, when is the play coming to Minnesota?

Claudia 

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Simply SPECTACULAR. 

Congratulations.

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When is the play coming to Minnesota?  Hmmmm...  Is this an invitation?

:o)

 

Thank you!

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watch out, mary.  you take a play to minnesota now, you may not get it out till the first thaw. 

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Leon, who told you it was snowing today?  (Yes, it was)  But - c'mon - the lakes aren't frozen yet....

Ahh Mary, wouldn't I love to be lucky enough to invite you to my theatre .... when I win Lotto ... oh - when I play Lotto and then win Lotto ....

We have more theatres here per capita than most cities.  SOmeone would want it 'cause I want to see it.  (Arrogance at its best)

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Claudia,  Minnesota may be COLD, but it must be the best place in the world next to NY for playwrights.  The Minneapolis airport is the only airport I've ever been in where all of the ads on the walls were for plays.  The titles were not familiar, leading me to believe many were original.  It made my whole trip.  Couldn't wait to get back to the airport.  And the lakes and remote forests were nice too. 

Also, the artist in residence who approved my thesis play was from Minnesota.  Neat guy.  Yep, I love Minnesota!  Folks there talk funny, but....

Keep up the good work.  Looks like Minnesota is ripe for great plays.

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Mars needs women....Minnesota needs plays.

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Mary,

Congratulations on your play winning the Helford Prize in Jacksonville.  How are the local media folks treating you there?  Are you getting any good coverage in the local newspaper or TV and radio stations?  I hope it's generating a positive buzz around town and resulting in a good turn out for the performances.  Good luck!

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Thank you Steve...  The play received a good response from the students. Our young actors did quite a bit of ad libbing (encouraged by me!) while doing chatroom and IM scenes.  They kept the play current for those in the audience who are online regularly.  Some of the older audience members felt a bit left out, but liked the themes and twists of the plot.   So far, it received a good review in the school paper, THE NAVIGATOR.  The local Jacksonville newspaper review should come out in the next day or so.

The student actors and crew put so much of themselves into this show and I'm glad they're getting good feedback.

Mary

 

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HI all! 

Here's a link to the local paper's review of "Isaac, I am" in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tonight is closing.  Oh gosh!  Now what to do?

Jacksonville Broadway and Theatre - JU Theatre presents "Issac, I am"

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http://www.entertainingu.com/pages/r10-26-06/issaciam.htm

Thanks!

 

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Mary:

I read the review. How cool to be featured so prominently and talked about so positively. It made me feel good-- it must have left you dizzy! Congratulations.

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I am positively dizzy, Billy.  Thanks!

Of course, now it's all about today's writing. 

It's always about the writing.

Ah, the dizziness passed. 

 

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Mary,

Don't hurry that dizziness away so quickly-- enjoy it. None of my plays has been produced yet (much less won a major prize!) so when I got a letter from a London theatre praising my play (but not offering to produce it) I still floated for two weeks.

(Of course, I did write during that period. But that writing was made easier by my "Success.")

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Very cool, Mary! Many and hearty congratulations. Truly inspiring. Maybe I'll actually write a full-length play someday *guffaw*.

BTW, Boston has fine theatre, so, um, FEH. (Ask John Shanahan. He'll tell you. RIGHT, JOHN? ;-) And it isn't snowing here...yet. :)

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Theater?

In Boston?

Uh...not that I recall.

Wait, you mean like a movie theater, right?

Yeah, we got us some of those. Like two, I think.

But the fancy kind, with actors and stuff?

Yeah, not so much. Not really.

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Billy! Good for you!

Wow. to get a praise-filled 'rejection' letter is another step toward a true production. It's a sign you're on the right track.

I was reading a rejection form letter that said "Dear Mary" on it and thought how nice of them to least write in my name. A few moments later, the call came from the school with my good news.  I still had the rejection letter in my hand and was sort of reading it when she told me.

Keep at it, Billy.

You never know when that phone will ring.

 

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