Just back from a 5 day trip to Louisville, Kentucky - my first time. Was visiting my friend/collaborator Rachel Grimes who lives about an hour outside of the city. She and her hubby, Alec, have built a really great house from re-purposed materials - and, on the footprint of a little old farmhouse they took apart to make the new home. It's in the hill country north of the city in a town called Carrollton. Rachel and I met through SITI Company years back - we both worked with the company at various times and intersected at some point and took a liking to each other. We talked about working together over the years - I've tried to get her to The Secret City and she did sit in with the band on a trip through town. Anyway, Rachel called me last year and we got to talking and decided to make a piece of theater using my stories and her music. Rachel is a composer of new music - some people call it post-classical but it's more melodic than that - very moody and rich.
We agreed to meet in June of last year - we had a few days at Skidmore, sponsored by SITI Company - to make a new piece. We put together an evening of new theater - called RC RADIO HOUR - and, it was a great night. Funny, deep, surprisingly theatrical, intimate. The plan was then to make a series of radio- shows-as-theater.
So, all this brings me to last week. Rachel and I made a plan to meet up and continue our work. I flew to Louisville and we hunkered down in the hills of Kentucky and talked, planned, schemed, dreamed - read some stories, played some music and dug deep.
Next step is a one-night performance in NYC - sometime this fall. I'll keep the blog updated. It's a special night and I want everyone to come.
Also, really enjoyed seeing a new place - fascinating, historical Kentucky.
Well, it's begun. While working away on my book - hoping to have a finished draft of the manuscript by end of June - I'm finally getting around to sharing some of my stories with the larger world - whoever that may be. I wrote this story, HAIRCUTS, for last Sunday's gathering of The Secret City in NYC - the theme was PATTERNS. I've posted it on a website called MEDIUM - it's a fun site, let's you play with layout, etc. It's my first go at this - sort of scary to start sharing the stories this way but exciting, too. This new phase is all about letting go of control - so, here we go!
Please check out the link, read the story and, if you're so inclined, click the RECOMMEND button in the bottom left corner of the page. It helps spread the story around.
Thanks for following along.