IT’S FASCINATING TO WATCH THIS COALESCE

After rehearsing THE PRINCES OF KINGS ROAD for a couple weeks in our rehearsal space with chairs, we finally brought in the set.  The play moves closer to a reality. Now, the actors – John Nielsen, Heather Robinson and Ray Xifo – have more to do: continue learning their lines and now finding their places […]

Rehearsals start next Tuesday

Had incredibly fruitful conversations with John, Ray and Heather about their characters…their talking with each other is particularly valuable.  Everyone’s getting comfortable in their characters. My days are spent polishing the script (it can never be to shiny). We’ve selected the set pieces….the period hospital room – beds, chairs, bedpans (not to be used!??), miscellaneous […]

THEY LEFT OUT THE FUNNY

I’m a big Christopher Guest fan. WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, BEST IN SHOW, truly funny films.  It’s great to see the wonderful actors – it’s a company of great comic actors – Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard et. al. – are fantastic and funny. In A MIGHTY WIND, no one […]

STORYTELLING IN THE ’30’S AND ‘4O’S – WHAT WE CAN LEARN

After watching a documentary RUNNING FROM CRAZY (only fair) which touched on the relationship between Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway, I watched FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL (166 minutes), starring Cooper, a radiant Ingrid Bergman (they were having an affair) and an amazing cast including Katina Paxinou, who won an Oscar; and SARGEANT YORK (133 […]

A WRITER’S WORK IS NEVER DONE

I had the pleasure to meet Raymond Neutra, Richard Neutra’s son. Because of THE PRINCES OF KINGS ROAD, where one of the two main character’s is Richard Neutra, I took the opportunity to hear his memories of his father and Rudolph Schindler. Fascinating…new nuggets of information…and today I found myself rewriting. Please understand, I’ve done […]