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.