I escaped those dark woods I’d previously mentioned, and wrote the artsy middle school play.
It was all-consuming. It’s bonkers. A tragicomic circus carnival of a play.
I had a magical team. Nearly all of my middle school collaborators had worked on multiple plays with me, and I wanted to make something that would match their skills. Hence a challenge: How do you make a play with the weight of a play for mature audiences but for 6-8th graders?
I’ll be posting about the process, which began as a sort of game of theatrical telephone with the designers. We invented theatre games and took creative risks. And that presented another struggle how do you include, honor, and add to these theatrical experiments? “Kill your darlings!” is an old phrase, but these weren’t always mine to kill
I’ll also post about the play itself, which I wanted to feel like a novel – or four.
All this will take me some time.