We are deep into week two of the six-week development process for my new play EUPHRATES at LA’s Inkwell Theatre Lab. As the recipient of the Max K. Lerner fellowship, I get to work on my script in an intensive rehearsal setting with a lovely talented cast (pictured above), shrewd director and supported by the Inkwell staff who run the program like a well-oiled machine. In January, if I don’t accidentally destroy my play during the process, I’ll get to gauge audience reaction at four staged readings open to the public. I’m looking forward to four more weeks of hard work and play.
bottom photo, l-r: me, S.A. Griffin, Ken Narasaki, Libby Clearfield, Tyson Turrou, Diarra Kilpatrick.
Here’s the EUPHRATES synopsis:
Twenty years ago the “Children of Euphrates” cult was destroyed in a fiery shoot-out with government agents and their prophetic leader was killed. Miriai House, the former compound of the now-obscure cult, presently stands as a Bed & Breakfast and is rumored to be haunted. As the date the cult leader predicted he would return from the dead approaches, a ghost hunter, a former cult member and a mysterious young woman arrive at Miriai House, each with their own secrets and motivations.
Esperanza Spalding: We Are America
I took some time off from my writing residency at SFAI last week to roll down to Albuquerque for a pilgrimage to a few of the landmark Breaking Bad locations. In honor of the final episode airing tonight, I post my BB stations of the cross:
1. The Whites’ house
2. Tuco’s headquarters
3. A-1 Car Wash
4. Heisenberg tip jar at the car wash
5. Lavandería Brillante front for Gus’ superlab
6. The Los Pollos Hermanos sign inside Twisters
My one regret was not going to the location where they shot the train heist in the “Dead Freight" episode, which is just outside Santa Fe (and where they shot the train robbery scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).
Panel from Protege #5. How do you solve a problem like Allumette?
Art by Juan Romera.
It’s day five of my writing residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute and I am just now getting around to exploring the campus and taking some pictures. I dug in as soon as I arrived and finished a new play draft to meet a 9.01 deadline, and now I have a little time to kick back. Expect more SF pics to come. The New Mexico sky blows me away with all its shades of blue.
The latest issue of Digital Webbing Presents is out now on comiXology, featuring a story of “western weirdness” written by me with art by Marcello Abreu, colors by Rafael Gonzaga and letters by Kel. I wrote A Hapless Soul back in 2011 and I’m so jazzed to see it out in the world and to be included in the great DWP anthology series. Click the comiXology link to check it out!