Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Dan Wilson (stagewalker) Thu 9 Aug 01 16:30
Neil and Martha - 49? I think that's technically right, although if we add a row of folding chairs we can fit more like 70 in there... of course, we averaged something like 40 people a night for our last show, so I haven't really had the chance to see a truly full house... I don't know the exact number of chairs. I could count the them for you on Saturday. Ugh... I hate the business side of things... The Next Stage is housed inside of Trinity Episcopal Church, and while it has been a venue for some 40 years or so, it's San Francisco's best kept secret... or was... as with the space crunch it's becoming more well known. It's a small venue, to be sure, although not much smaller than most of the other independent venues out here. I'm not very good spatially, though. I know that we can add a row of chairs to expand the capacity by 15-20 people for a popular show. (we only have three rows of set chairs, but the space is very wide.) C.A.F.E. (the company I'm working with, and have for the last five shows) is the theatre's resident theatre company, although lots of nomadic troupes use the space. C.A.F.E. the shows I've done with them have focused on bringing multiple forms of storytelling together to reconceptualize what is perhaps the oldest form of theatre. Many pieces are told "word for word" style, in which the actors literally narrate their own actions as they perform... like someone acting out a story at a campfire. We've also used improvisation, multimedia, live music, and mask work on various pieces. Each show has had an adaptation of a published work, and this is the first show that is composed entirely of pre-existing pieces. (past shows have had adaptations of "The Man" by Ray Bradbury, "Troll Bridge" by some brit, "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, "Cyberpunk" by ... oh shoot, I forgot his name, and then "Darkness Box" by Ursula K. LeGuin. Normally we take myths and folk tales from a variety of cultures and create pieces based on them (Baba Yaga, Waloo the Sun Goddess, Surya, various greek myths, etc.) We've also done improvisational folk tales (how holidays came into existance), myths, and did a trio of improvisations based on A MidSummer Night's Dream. We've occasionally done movement pieces to poetry as well. It's quite eclectic and fun, really. Hard to describe until you actually see a show, though. Hope this helps, and I'll count chairs for you on Saturday! Pamela - thank you! I really need to go back to doing more of my own writing after I finish the adaptation of Arbitrary Placement... Martha - Would you like to look at the adaptation as soon as I finish it? Neil - The same offer goes to you for the adaptation of Wholesale (of course), but I haven't wanted to offer you *more* things to read, knowing how enormous your stack must be.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Thu 9 Aug 01 16:36
Do you pronounce that "cafe" or "see ay eff ee"? I'll look at the script if you like, but probably the best thing is for me to be very hands-off about everything you're doing....
Dan Wilson (stagewalker) Thu 9 Aug 01 16:43
I usually pronounce it Cafe, but that's because spelling out the acronym for Combined Art Form Entertainment is just too much of a hassle. *grin* I understand about the hands off thing... i went back and read your interview a little while ago and noted how you got very possessive about your first script... It's a fine line, because I want you to be happy with it, but also don't want to stress us both out to an unpleasant degree. It's your call. I think I'm being more hyper than usual about wanting everyone to be happy, because not only to I respect you and Neil so much... but also kind of sort of know you in that really odd sort of online kind of way. I was really wiggy when I was doing Troll Bridge and thought that he knew about it, and then had a show the same weekend Tori was doing a gig in San Francisco. I had convinced myself that he was going to swing by, see the show, and then go see Tori's show. Make a weekend out of it. I managed to completely freak myself out, with no evidence that such a thing was remotely likely than my own imagination and a calendar of events.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Thu 9 Aug 01 16:45
It's your show. I was hands-off when Danny Glover directed an adapted story by me, too--of course, it's not that I had any choice at all there! They bought the story and I never heard from them.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Thu 9 Aug 01 18:00
Pamela -- I didn't quote from Roger, but from Gene Wolfe, and I thought I said somewhere here what that was...? Unless I misunderstood what you were asking.
JaNell (goldennokomis) Thu 9 Aug 01 20:54
Mary Roane (the-roane) Fri 10 Aug 01 00:11
Hey, y'all Busier than ever lately, so I just wanted to stop by & say, "Hey!" (This is what real Southerners say. Not Hi!, but Hey!. Or Hey, y'all!) That review is .........amazing. Always makes me proud when a Southerner opens up his big mouth & puts his foot right in. I take consolation in the fact that he's a Texan, and not, therefore, technically a Southerner. Texans are a breed apart. <<winks broadly at all Texans in the room>> I saw "Mama Mia" this week. And as hard as I tried to remain Jaded Theatrical Girl, I liked it. *Cute* choreography, snappy direction, great costumes, good performances.......and I hate ABBA. Awfully hard to resist, though. I have tickets for "Hamlet, the Musical" tomorrow night. I'll keep you posted. Going to Renfaire this weekend (Bristol). Will be trying hard not to look for Hob. Then I leave for a week on the beach in Santo Domingo. This vacation has arrived just in the nick of time. A few more days, and I'd have opened fire. And I don't even have a gun.......... So have a good week, and have fun & be safe at Burning Man, Kelly, Squeaks & the rest of ya. (Y'all will be gone when I get back, I think.) JaNell--I hope things are going better. I'll have a banana daquiri for you :-) Hugs! Neil--get some more rest. May you be terribly productive & still have plenty of time to play with Alien Maddy. Mary (rereading Bullfinch for the first time since junior high)
JaNell (goldennokomis) Fri 10 Aug 01 05:04
Mary Roane - meet me on 115.
Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 10 Aug 01 12:41
Pamela Basham (pamela-bird) Fri 10 Aug 01 14:37
Neil: Sorry about the crossed wires. I'll go look and try to recreate where I got the Zelazny confusion from. A couple of questions about writing, if you're game. -Have you ever been afraid to write, of writing? -Has writing ever made you angry? (Martha: I'd love to hear what you have to say about this, too.) -P "Wearing our uniform, black and black." -Shawn Colvin
Pamela Basham (pamela-bird) Fri 10 Aug 01 14:56
Pamela Basham (pamela-bird) Fri 10 Aug 01 14:58
P.S. Seen on a vanity plate in Burbank yesterday evening. Plate holder: "So long, farewell" Plate: OW VDRSN Plate holder: "Goodbye."
Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 10 Aug 01 14:59
Pamela Basham (pamela-bird) Fri 10 Aug 01 16:29
And, Linda, then I thought of you, because Kurt hit his high note in my head.
JaNell, snickering (goldennokomis) Fri 10 Aug 01 16:57
Neil said on his blog today: "...And I have to stop typing now to be interviewed by Smeg Radio in Sydney, Australia. Honest." Did *not* realize you were an expert in this area, Neil. I can just hear the conversation with your mother: "What did you do today, dear?" "I was interveiwed on Smeg, ma." *Why* do you have to tempt me? Why, Neil? We both probably regret it after...
JaZilla, wife of CamZilla (goldennokomis) Fri 10 Aug 01 17:37
Neil, Cameron wants to know if it's going to be broadcast *uncut*...
John M. Ford (johnmford) Fri 10 Aug 01 21:21
I'm just wondering if the Cat gets a guest appearance.
JaNell (goldennokomis) Fri 10 Aug 01 21:28
Eeewww. Too much personal information already. : >
Mary Roane (the-roane) Fri 10 Aug 01 22:03
I'm so glad someone else thought of the Dwarf. Neil--does this make you a smeghead (smeeeee--heeeee)? <<goes off giggling>>
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 10 Aug 01 22:34
Mary -- I've always liked Texans... and, for that matter, Texas, although I'd love to visit the alternate universe in which it really is officially a country in its own right. Pamela -- scared to write? Occasionally, yes. But not often. Sandman 69, for example. Does writing ever make me angry? Not mine, although I've read writing that angered me. JaNell -- it's actually a reference to an English comedic SF show called Red Dwarf, in which SMEG is used as an all-purpose swear word. It has a hyper-evolved cat in it, which is what Mike is referring to. Hope this helps.
JaNell (goldennokomis) Fri 10 Aug 01 22:39
Neil, look up smegma in the dictionary. Hope *that* helps.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 10 Aug 01 23:53
JaNell -- yes, I know what smegma is. I assume that Rob Grant and Doug Naylor did as well. That was why they made Smeg their all purpose swear word joke in Red Dwarf. It's a series that's about 15 years old, so the joke is pretty old too, but it's nice to find someone who still finds it funny.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 11 Aug 01 00:24
http://www.zip.com.au/~peterb/smeg/ is the link that just arrived in my e-mail.
JaNell (goldennokomis) Sat 11 Aug 01 05:24
Neil, if you hadn't said "Honest." at the end of your blogger entry, I'd not have said a dern thing. That one word just screamed, "Come play with me!". So I obligingly did.
Len Schiff (theboojum) Sat 11 Aug 01 17:14
Pamela & Neil-- I'll check on this further, but I think that Slaughter' was written for the Rodgers and Hart musical, _On Your Toes_. Stagewalker-- Have you read Keith Johnstone's book Impro?
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