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August 10, 2019:

THE STRETCH GOAL

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for it is late and not only is it late but she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon.  So, as they say in the Fandango Ballroom – let me get right to the point: We are at 113% and that is rather incredible if you ask me or even if you don’t ask me. I’ve put up some new perks, including a really fun batch of A Chorus Line/Dreamgirls stuff at a really reasonable price – too reasonable, but we are on a mission here to make this DVD the best it can be.  Here’s the handy-dandy link.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-creature-wasn-t-nice-director-s-cut/x/9165600?create_edit=true#/

Yesterday was a day that existed in time.  I got about seven hours of sleep, got up, did stuff on the computer, put up new perks, had a very fun telephonic conversation with Cindy Williams – it does look like we’ll be able to get her to LA to do the commentary, but we have to cover those costs, which is why I’m still pushing the campaign.

Then I went to the mail place and picked up no packages and an important envelope, then I went and did some banking, then went to Jerry’s Deli. I had the Philly cheesesteak sandwich and side Caesar salad.  After that, I came directly home.  I rifled around in the garage and found a few things I may put up as perks, including what might be a really fun perk: Four scripts from The Faculty.  David Wechter and my original script, and three drafts by Kevin Williamson, including one where they were actually considering a title change to The Feelers, which would have been the stupidest thing ever – thankfully, sane heads prevailed.  But it’s really cool to see the evolution from our original to the hugely rewritten versions.

Then I shaved and showered, then it was time to mosey on over to see a play.  Last night, I saw a play by someone named Theresa Rebeck, a writer people seem to love from her TV work, which I don’t know at all.  This play was entitled Loose Knit, which features meaty roles for women, and two men who are written quite poorly, in my opinion.  It played a brief run off-Broadway in 1993.  The Variety review pretty much sums up in its opening paragraph how I felt about the play:  “If any of the five women and two men in ‘Loose Knit’ have any redeeming qualities, playwright Theresa Rebeck has gone to considerable length to hide them, and she’s been amply assisted by director Beth Schachter.  The women are being humiliated when they’re not being duplicitous, while the men are creeps.”  So, when one can’t get beyond the writing and characters, one is not in for an evening of grand theater.  The production is fine, the actors are fine, including a turn by our very own Doug Haverty.

After the play, we went to the Coral Café – Doug had his usual scrambled eggs, toast, and fruit, I had a small piece of coconut cream pie, friend Laura Wolfe had chocolate cream pie, and her mom had coffee.  It was fun.  Then I came right home and had to jump right on these notes, not that the notes appreciated me jumping on them.

Today, I must be up early and then go do stuff until she of the Evil Eye is done.  Then I may put up some new perks, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll choose songs and get singers their music, and then I’m relaxing and watching stuff.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, and then I’m seeing a club act in the evening.  Next week is very busy with lots of meetings and meals and going and doing, making a show order, writing commentary, and doing whatever needs doing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up early, do stuff, hopefully pick up packages, choose songs, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: Who are your favorite modern playwrights – say of the past twenty years?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have entered the first of our stretch goals.

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