June 22nd, 2008

Star Fuckers

I Touched Snow for Solstice

Friday night we saw the final evening performance for the 2008 Conference, Cyrano. We'd seen it at Cyrano's last year and it was a good production but on Friday they really brought their A-Game. I think some of it was also that the production had to be re-blocked for the proscenium stage, which meant that some of the costume changes/business happened far upstage rather than right next to you. As an audience member, I was able to be caught by surprise in a few places, which was nice.

Friday night was also the Glacier Cruise, during which I successfully star fucked one of my favorite playwrights. She is here as a panelist and with her husband (a director) rather than having anything read. I got to tell her how much I like her work and she asked how I'd found her plays. It was a little odd, she is one of those people who frowns while she talks which I find intimidating. Some of it also could have been that it was really hard to hear on the boat. She also asked if I was more interested in adult or children's plays because she has a couple of new works and she offered to email them to me! After the cruise we met up with Sandy, who had been sitting at the same table, and she said I had just made that playwright's night.

We hit the Pipeline after the cruise, and the Landshark after the Pipeline. There we stay up until 3:30 or so talking about August Wilson with a gentleman who is making a film about him.

Saturday was pretty laid back. We skipped the 10-minute play slam to sleep in and then went to see Patricia Neal talk about her life in theatre. I'd managed to miss it every year until now. It was actually sunny and WARM so we went up to Mineral Creek and hiked for a while before the Gala.

It started raining at some point during the night so everything is damp and just being in here at the computers is very cozy. There is a final brunch in a hour or so and then we will be hitting the road back home.

All in all, a very, very good Conference. I think this is only the second where I didn't stage manage a thing.