I hope Fall 2013 is going well for you. Personally, it is nice to be back on the East Coast, where it seems like Fall was born.
The All Our Tragic workshops with the A.R.T. Institute graduate students are going very well, thanks for asking.
Last session we read the first three acts. The characters are so much clearer, especially Creusa, Adrastus and Alkestis. I had the feeling that I had lost a little of my connection to Oedipus, but I feel in this current draft, I am starting to get him back. It is also exciting to me when minor characters take more interesting shapes. Two examples: Aegeus and Lynceus, both of whom I had a general understanding, but never bothered to figure them out on a deeper level, now I find them much more memorable. On the negative side, based on some good suggestions about Medea, I took the ideas too far and Medea’s character fell apart during the reading. I don’t think it will be difficult to get her back, but it will take a few more drafts.
As I may have previously stated, each act needs to read at an hour or under (so in production, with the addition of the songs and suicides, no act will be longer than 70 minutes). The first act fit within the time goal, however Act 2 and Act 3 both read at about 65 minutes, so I need to perform some surgery on those acts to get them within the 10,800 word limit.
If interested, another play I wrote, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide is happening at the A.R.T. Institute, here is a link to info and tickets. The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide.
And keep December 7th, 2013 (reading) and May 17th, 2014 (staged workshop) on your calendars.
I think that’s it for now. As always feel free to reach out if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.