3/14/14, Day 13,805: Penultimate Faust
This day is so named because that gorgeous switch flipped in my head when every other thought is about the play I’m writing. This usually occurs after page 40, and it’s a sign that I should clear some time to finish as much of it as I can all in a go.
3/15/15, Day, 13806: Faust (re)Born
This day is so named because I finished Faust, all in a go! I’m both pleased with and scared by it because its structure is so unusual for me. The play has both a rising action, climax and denouement while also existing a very slippery temporal space. In some ways, the play takes place over the entirety of both parts of Goethe’s Faust, while also somehow feeling as if it is all one very long day of rehearsal. It made me laugh, cry and yes think in the writing of it, and that’s all three flavors of theatre. I was also able to weave in a great deal of our devised work in a way that I hope will be rewarding for the creative team. This will probably go through more rewrites than any other play I’ve written in this span because of the process, but I also feel it could be staged exactly as is and would actually hold up pretty well, which is always the goal of my first drafts.
And I’m even on track to hit my overly ambitious March writing goals…
Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…
Writing: 65 out of 75 days (Faust complete)
Spanish: 64 out of 75 days
What small things did I do the past two days to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)
- Finished Faust, hooray!
- Prepared for Flux Sunday and posted Sol’s awesome write-up about Undone;
- Signed Senator Franken’s petition against the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger;
- Shared Jessica Lewis’ thoughtful post on multi-racial identity for the TCG Circle;
- Signed Tim Bishop’s petition against Paul Ryan’s budget;
- Asked my representatives to bring accountability to the Overseas Contingency Operations fund;