• Thursday, May 29, 2014
  • I met Madhur Jaffrey, and other things

    I need to figure out a system where I’m updating this blog as and when exciting things are happening. But exciting things do, by their very nature, leave very little time for documenting them.

    I used to be so much cooler on the internet.

    Never mind though. Here are a run down of the super cool awesome things that have happened to me over the past few weeks.

    The week of May 11th, I got to be in New York for the scene presentations of A Nice Indian Boy along with plays by the Kendeda Finalists, all at Playwrights’ Horizons.

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    Playwrights Horizons!!

    Even thought In Love and Warcraft was the winning Kendeda play, Celise let me present A Nice Indian Boy instead, which turned out to be just wonderful.

    Directed by Lucie Tiberghien, the cast included Bhavesh Patel, Christopher J. Hanke, Sheetal Sheth, Rajesh Bose, and Madhur Jaffrey.

    20140529-004642.jpg My iPhone autocorrects her name to all caps each time

    MADHUR JAFFREY!

    She’s name-checked IN the play! When I met her, she extended her dainty hand, and I gurgled, “I’m a huge fan,” and she said, oh so elegantly, “Yes, I see I’m in the play.”

    MADHUR JAFFREY!!

    She offered to correct my atrocious Hindi in the play, and I have to get back to her on that.

    We had a table read on Tuesday and the scene presentation on Wednesday and it was so lovely getting to know these actors and Lucie. I’d be so lucky to work with them again.

    The rest of the week involved a lot of angsting about my writing of my CTG play (and some decent writing too, thankfully), but also fun things. Such as checking out the NYU MFA design exhibition with Lucie, reconnecting with Celise one-of-my-favorite-people-in-the-world Kalke, reuniting with Lily Balsen (my perfect Evie in the Alliance Theatre’s In Love and Warcraft), meeting the beautiful Mahira Kakkar, a bike tour of Brooklyn with the lovely Christina Quintana and friends, staying in Queens with grown-up friends with stable loving lives (which seems so foreign to me), and then a weekend in the Upper East Side with fellow awesome USC playwright Stephanie Swirsky, capped by 5 hours of Mysteries at the Flea.

    Honestly taking Stephanie to the Adayar Ananda Bhavan on the UES might have been the real highlight of the trip. Honestly taking Stephanie to the Adayar Ananda Bhavan on the UES might have been the real highlight of the trip.

    Back in LA, it was straight back into working with my soultwin Megan Kelly on her directorial debut, the hilariously wonderful Much Ado About Something, premiering next week at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

    20140529-004740.jpg The Something is Aliens

    And of course, working as best as I can on finishing up a skeleton draft of my new play, which will have a reading at the CTG Writer’s Workshop retreat next weekend. Hopefully a real blog post about that coming soon.

    And now, sleep.

    Or, to quote from Much Ado About Something…

    To Die, to sleep, to sleep, perchance to Dream.To Dream, in dreams what sleep may comeOut, out, brief candle

    It makes sense (i.e. none)  in context. Come see it.

  • Monday, May 5, 2014
  • Only one thing to do.

    Not for the first time, I find myself 80% of the way towards my deadline, with a big chunk of work done, only to find that the very foundation of my project doesn’t work. And I have to start over. From the top. When I thought I was nearing the finish line. When I barely have any time left.

    So what do I have to do?

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    When I’m scared, I remind myself that this is the ONE thing I can do well. The one thing I CAN do well. I can be hopeless in almost all other parts of my life (I just had to sell my car and so came face-to-face with the depths of my incompetence several times over the course of a week) but I can do THIS. And I’m going to be fucking brilliant and pull this fucking thing off.