Good to hear from you, Steve, and that you want to continue this communication. I suppose that our natural curiosity about one another was appeased somewhat by our visit in NY last spring. We're no longer writing to the person we remembered, but to an advanced version of that person many years on.
I want to catch you up on some of the projects I've mentioned. This blog works as a bit of diary in that way for me. When we last talked I had not yet started writing the play the College commissioned. Now I've gone through two drafts and have just sent the last draft to a dramaturg I want to work with. The project has become so absorbing, and the play itself more generally about institutionalization than about Woodlands, the place that inspired it. I am getting most of my particulars from that place, though. Lots of research, including personal interviews and also visits to the archives, reading about the general topic of developmental disabilities. At one point I realized that I wanted to just spend time with people who have various disabilities, as I was writing about characters I had not much experience of. So I've been to a Theatre Terrific workshop, meetings, had coffee with people. That research will continue.
The play has taken a direction i didn't anticipate, more stylized than I usually write. I hope I can work on that aspect in the next draft. To me playwriting is a series of challenges to meet, draft after draft, until I can't think of anything more to work on.
Still, I've just taken another look at Casting the Angel, my much rewritten play, and after a break I see challenges I didn't see before. Some good news about that one. A cast of five top Canadian actors will do a staged reading in late January, to benefit the Performing Arts Lodge, which is a kind of social housing for people in the arts who probably didn't plan for retirement and need some housing help. There's a new 100-seat theatre we'll try to fill, and with the cast I'm talking about, that might not be a problem.
Finally, a tech question. I'm trying to move some iphotos to a house exchange site, but can't figure out how to do it. I'll keep working at it, but you might have something to suggest.
How are the people in your life, you and Ruth?