Waiting for the Shoe

I read Moss Hart’s Act One (more than once). I absorbed Hart’s memoir into the fabric of my being, not unlike how I learned to drive, knowing just the right amount of pressure I needed to apply to allow for the tension in my brakes. Point is, I learned to have expectations; playwright expectations. These expectations have led me, over the last seven years that I’ve seen my plays read or produced in Southern California, to many a raw moment. Consequently, I’m learning to just be grateful. I’ve discovered that changing my nervous, expectant, perhaps entitled, behavior to appreciation has made for happier interpersonal communications between others and me, which has led to happier results.

A review of Bender is coming out tonight. And, I am giddy with excitement, waiting for the notice, expectant and afraid, at the same time wishing I was in New York at Elaine’s in 1955 waiting for the Times to come out in print. Isn’t that odd; to write something, purposefully, for human consumption, and then be afraid of being poorly judged?

I wrote a song about a shoe. Not a good song. But a fun song. About a shoe I saw laying by the side of the road… Have you ever wondered how something got to where it is? Where did that thing come from and how did it get there? I think that I like to write plays because I’m curious to know how all the pieces of our lives fit together.

4 Comments

  • By Nancy Beverly, August 29, 2014 @ 7:22 am

    Love this for a bunch of reasons! I, too, read ACT ONE when I was younger… and have learned to be grateful for many things (rather than waiting for some Big Event to trigger gratitude)… and I write plays to figure things out and how the pieces fit together 🙂

  • By ehbennett, August 29, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    I love LAFPI. It’s fun knowing I’m not alone! 🙂

  • By jenniewebb, August 29, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    And it’s great to have you reminding us that we’re not! (Alone.) Congrats on BENDER!

  • By Robin Byrd, August 29, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    Well said.

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