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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.")
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.