No one stepped up, so I cast a New York bunch.
Apparently this wasn't the right time to allow northwest Iowans the opportunity to act on 42nd Street, New York City. That's all right. I knew it was short notice because we were a last minute addition to the Manhattan Rep festival. Maybe after helping some very talented aspiring actors in New York have a shot with these memorable roles, we can put it up in Iowa.
My Great Aunt Marcella, who was not only my Grandmother's baby sister, but actually was really great, said to me about my writing when I was in my twenties, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home." which is a truth from Mark 6:4. She was not often bible quoting, but had her own journey to belief, rooted in searching and in compassion.
She also gave me the first books as gifts that I can remember, and may be in large part responsible for what I'm doing right now.
It may well be that I have to "make it there," have a New York production, before more than a handful of people take any interest in my work in Iowa.
We are crowdsourcing.
We have a very small budget for this play. The venue and set are there, along with ticketing and tech, though we have to find a person to do tech. I asked my favorite Iowa tech person, but he is doing a show up to the 15th, so it won't work for him. I'll have to trust a New York light and sound person.
I have cast the 11 roles. There's an assistant director from Lark Play Development Center.
This was developed here in Clay County!
Initial readers from 2009 told me where I was on the right track -- and where I wasn't. I revamped the structure but kept the story and characters, dropping one with some dreary business about the death penalty.
Things we need for the production -- label the bottom or some invisible part with your name and we will ship them out there and back to you after the play.
Dishes, silverware, serving things, glasses, etc.
A six pack of bottled beer x 3 (yes, we may need to buy that in NYC)
Lots of books
A distinctive men's cross necklace -- bonus points if it's rustic like it was purchased in a distant mission field
Rugby type shirts with numbers
Hairstylist type brush, etc.
Restaurant metal serving ware, bowls, pot.
I am hoping to livestream the closing night on Howlround.tv so you all can see it on the Internet. Maybe a place with projection capabilities can host a viewing party for charity.
Thanks to this community for your support!