This is a montage of the production photos from "The Feast of Jovi Bono," which went up at Manhattan Rep Theatre in New York City December 18-20.
Thanks to your donations, I was able to be there for the production. Notice the props -- the crowd fund paid for most of those; others were brought in by the incredibly resourceful, hard-working cast and crew.
Many good things happened: Manhattan Rep says we're a class act and I'm invited back with my work any time. Some playwrights toil in New York for years before anything like that happens. I toiled in Iowa for years, trying to make something happen here, then found my place in New York.
That's not to say I don't still want to put on an Iowa premiere.
What didn't happen: a producer with a fat checkbook seeking to bring "The Feast of Jovi Bono" to a larger audience.
However, eleven actors, two directors and a stage manager took on this impossible task with me -- a full length play cast, rehearsed, costumed, propped, lit, sound cued within a month while I was in Iowa and they were in New York.
I tried to bring an Iowa cast to New York for this adventure, but no one showed.
Maybe next time.
Next time, if we have three months instead of essentially three weeks, I can concentrate more on outreach, and successfully reach out to the right producer.
Meanwhile, I wonder if Spencer Community Theatre or Lakes Community Theatre is at all interested in putting on this play, now that it's proven itself at a respected 42nd Street theatre?
If you'd like to see it, call the directors and let them know.
Thanks again for your support.