Category: Essays

Summer’s Twilight video libretto

Earlier this month Rose Ginsberg and I got together a group of actors to workshop some mime sections of Summer’s Twilight. We spent the afternoon trying out different things, working scenes till they gelled, and filming the process to create a kind of video libretto. The filming was as low-key...

The .doc file of J. Alfred Prufrock

A friend of mine just posted this on facebook, and since it’s a fun webby parody of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, I thought I’d post it here. You can hear Zachary Herchen playing my setting of the poem for acting saxophone here.

“Making Of” vs. “Actual Thing”

Eddie Izzard did this British political ad, a party political for the Labour Party. It’s good. But the ‘making of’ video is totally amazing, and they just made it as a side thing to what they were ‘officially’ doing. It’s more convincing, it’s funnier, and it’s even got the key...

I always get ideas at concerts

I always get ideas at concerts

I don’t know what it is about live performances, but I always get ideas in concerts or plays. Something about seeing other artists working live always sends my mind straight to whatever project I’m working on. Last week I saw Sondre Lerche and Scott Alexander live, and I came out...

Busy Week

Busy Week

This has been a busy, busy week. Last Thursday, the film version of The Seafarer screened at a Thesia Arts event.  The film, not quite finished, was very well received. It was screened in the company of about a half dozen other films, including experimental mixed media animation, a pop...

Good Meeting

Good Meeting

Last night I met with Summer’s Twilight director Rose Ginsberg, and a potential scenic designer for the piece. In the short term we’re hoping to develop some concept art to help promote and develop the work for the next phase. Of course, in the long term we’re going to actually...

Ongoing progress

Ongoing progress

January is turning out to be very busy indeed. At Meet The Composer we’ve got a lot going on, but it’s a fun and productive month as well as a busy one. Compositionally it’s quite different from the last few months. Instead of rehearsals and drafts and deadlines and program...

Scene 6 or Scene 1

Scene 6 or Scene 1

I’ve been thinking about where to go next with Summer’s Twilight. Since the reading I’ve been working on collecting the input of my collaborators and friends, including cast, crew and audience. I think I’ve captured a good amount of the valuable ideas for revisions from the workshop process, but now...

Collaborative revision on Summer’s Twilight

Collaborative revision on Summer’s Twilight

It’s startling how quickly certain ideas are emerging as obviously important in the revisions going forward, and more startling how quickly some solutions are becoming incredibly obvious. It’s turning out that the reading did just what I wanted it to do, which was highlight the areas I needed to fix....

More updates

More updates

Hello, infrequently updated blog. Hello, Kevin, how are you? Oh, doing fine, thanks. I’ve been thinking about posting. Good Idea, have a go. Okay, I will, thanks. So. My Midsummer Night’s Dream adaptation, Summer’s Twilight, is coming up for a workshop on December 5th. We’ll have five scenes, running straight...

Return of Arabian Nights

Return of Arabian Nights

So I might win the worst blogger ever award. I never call, I never write, I never send flowers. But here we are again: One of the key reasons I’ve been away is that March is government grant season, and as a grantwriter, that meant a solid month of working...