The trouble starts at 9.45

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Finally it has come to this — after rehearsal last night, it’s in the hands of a most capable cast and, soon, the audience. I hope you’ll be able to join me tonight at 9.45pm for the free public reading of my comedy Snow’s Day, a part of the PTP/NYC After Dark series.  A little precis of what you can expect:

On a lovely May morning, Alex Snow, a middle-aged playwright specializing in middle-of-the-road, conventional, off-Broadway domestic dramas, loses his wife, his job, and a production of what likely will be his final play as he negotiates office politics and friendships in his position as a playwriting teacher at a large New York university. The comedy also explores the generational and aesthetic changes in American drama over the past twenty years in the very realistic form it seems to parody and undermine.

The fine cast includes Nesba Crenshaw, Nick Fracaro, Kana Hatakeyama, Robert Emmet Lunney, Cameron Mason, and Gabriele Schafer, and stage directions will be read by Sophie Walker. The doors will open at 9.45 and reading will begin shortly thereafter (whenever they can clear the stage of the remains of Scenes from an Execution) at the Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street. More information and RSVP at the Facebook page here.

The auditory imagination drinking game

Tonight I’ll be hearing my play Snow’s Day for the first time, at a rehearsal for tomorrow’s public reading. I suppose there are some playwrights who, at such things, are able to sit back and bask in the splendor of their own language, congratulating themselves on their contribution to English-language drama. But not me. I’ll be directing (if that’s the word) the reading, but really I’d prefer to have somebody else direct it; that way, I could sit in a corner with a flask and, with each flaw to hit my ear, take a drink; I’d probably be passed out by the first-act curtain. Between the idea and the reality, between what I heard in my head and what I wrote — there falls the shadow, and no darker does it fall than at that first reading. And I know, given the excellent cast assembled for this reading, that whatever those flaws are, they’ll be the play’s, not theirs. The funny thing is that these things usually go quite well for me, and I surprise myself with how much of that auditory imagination I do indeed get on the page. Anyway, no flask tonight — that’ll be for tomorrow, when the PTP/NYC people chase us out of the theater at 11.30 or so. For now, deep breath.

This Thursday is Snow’s Day

175_1office_mg_9615I am unaccustomed to late nights, but this Thursday will be one of them. I hope you’ll be able to join me on Thursday, July 30, at 9.45pm for the free public reading of my comedy Snow’s Day.  A little precis of what you can expect:

On a lovely May morning, Alex Snow, a middle-aged playwright specializing in middle-of-the-road, conventional, off-Broadway domestic dramas, loses his wife, his job, and a production of what likely will be his final play as he negotiates office politics and friendships in his position as a playwriting teacher at a large New York university. The comedy also explores the generational and aesthetic changes in American drama over the past twenty years in the very realistic form it seems to parody and undermine.

The fine cast includes Nesba Crenshaw, Nick Fracaro, Kana Hatakeyama, Robert Emmet Lunney, Cameron Mason, and Gabriele Schafer, and stage directions will be read by Sophie Walker. A part of the PTP/NYC After Dark series, the reading will begin at about 9.45pm (whenever they can clear the stage of the remains of Scenes from an Execution) at the Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street. More information and RSVP at the Facebook page here. I’m brewing the coffee now.