Spider-bites, #Theatretalk and Somewhere Safer
I have been absent from Honeycomb updates because of two unexpected events: 1) I had a nasty spider-bite that became infected and left me trapped in my then-Wifi-less home (thinking of you, Jo Carson); and 2) I was cast to fill in for an actor that needed to drop Lauren Ferebee’s wonderful play, Somewhere Safer, which opened yesterday in the Fringe. So, rather than attempt to catch up on all of those days, I will focus on yesterday and try to be more present in these pages of glass-blown 1s and 0s.
First up: today, Monday the 12th, I am participating in the inaugural launch of #TheatreTalk, a Twitter conversation about playwrights led by Kanji and the Lark. I join a rockstar group of panelists, and you can learn more about the event here. Please join the conversation!
And now, back to your regularly scheduled program:
8/11/13, Day 13, 613*: Somewhere Safer opens
Beyond the excitement of learning a role in a week’s time, and beyond the satisfaction of getting my yearly-ish dose of acting, opening Somewhere Safer yesterday provided the deep satisfaction of watching Lauren Ferebee’s vision take flight (along with the serious talents of our cast and creative team). Lauren is one of those people who seems like they might secretly be an evolved version of Homo Sapiens: she is an actor, director, playwright, singer-songwriter and activist who continually dazzles me with each new project. Somewhere Safer is a formally ambitious, politically engaged and deeply felt play that I hope you will make time to see.
And what small ways did I help to build the Honeycomb yesterday?
- I acted in Somewhere Safer.
- I helped prep the Flux Sunday that Heather led in my absence (though I did make it to the end to see some amazing work–more on that on the Flux blog later)
- I asked the Australian government to reconsider their policies towards LGBTQ asylum-seekers escaping from the legal persecution in Papa New Guinea (where they could be sent to jail for up to 14 years).
- I asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to debar the scientists advocating for wolf protections and invite them back into the official peer review panel for the Service’s wolf delisting proposal.
- I asked Congress to oppose Rep. Darrell’s unnecessary proposed cut of 100,000 jobs from the United States Postal Service (USPS), and to oppose the legislation’s crippling of postal workers’ right to collective bargaining.
- I ate vegetarian.
*I appear to have mistakenly added the days in some past posts, which I will fix if there is ever time…