Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fringe 2007 - Fringe Mailbox, day 2

Opened the little metal door with my key today to find the PO box clogged yet again with video offerings from visiting Fringers...

Tim Mooney, hailing from Illinois (who brought us last year's creepy sci fi comedy thriller Criteria) back again, this time with a completely different offering - Moliere Than Thou. (Something my fellow blogger Phillip is looking forward to with undisguised glee - and vows to get me to see.) -

William Whitehurst (who wins the distance award, sending from Paris, France) and Act Provocateur International

[Warning, their current production of "La Ronde" is - well, it's "La Ronde," so it is naturally a bit racy - not for viewing at work perhaps]

presenting his play "Pigeon Man Apocalypse" (with a backstory for the performer involved that kind of blew my mind) -


The guys of The Cody Rivers Show, out of Bellingham, Washington. It's a mini-tape, so I'm kind of bummed I can't watch it. Have to pass that tape of "Flammable People" directly on to my producer Carol sight unseen. But their website offers a whole host of stuff to peruse - And yeah, I took one look and thought "Tall, handsome, most likely gay-friendly, clowns. I think they just found their demographic in me." I am such an easy mark sometimes. -

Hope to preview some of these last two days' worth of video over my lunch break.

Love's Prick - Something To Believe In

A familiar face brightens the commute to the day job, and my general outlook...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Fringe 2007 - The Fringe Mailbox Is Full Again

Four out of state Fringe artists submitted video missives for possible inclusion in the Fringe TV show...

Love's Prick - Over? Already?

Submitting schedule requests for my second day job, I realize it's all going to be over way sooner than I'm ready for it to be...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Back In Business, The Next Five Years

Site's back up.

Email's back on track - although the reboot did dump a lot of the older messages I was still parsing through, so I'm glad I downloaded them all a few days before to the laptop. Phew. Figured out that interface just in time.

The problem - totally my own doing.

Back when I first purchased the domain, back on May 23, 2001 (I know), I was still under my previous (first) email address, which I'd had for several years.

So, since the new email account hadn't yet been set up, that old email address was the default for contact for things like, oh, messages saying, "Hey, your domain name registration is about to expire."

And I never changed it.

So, the warnings this time went pinging off into the ether, maybe bouncing back, maybe never to be seen again.

Only thing is, I never got 'em.

First time I signed on for the domain, so we could begin developing the site, I signed on for a year.

May 23, 2002, I re-upped for five years.

Which would put the new drop dead date at May 23, 2007.

It came. It went.

And down went the site.

In unraveling what had happened, my web guru friend discovered the email issue.

First thing I did was went into the account management software and updated to the current email address.

Then I re-upped retroactively for another five years (the max they allow).

May 23, 2012

Kind of makes you stop and think.

The original site didn't even launch until November of 2003 (Thanksgiving Weekend, my 20th high school reunion).

By then, I had my first Fringe blogging season behind me, and I'm about to head into number five. The TV show Cue To Cue launched with spotlight episodes on the Fringe Festival is heading into year five as well.

The site's about to go through a major overhaul.

Since I first purchased the domain, while it was still in development, I crewed my last two AIDS Rides as a member of bike parking.

Saw Studpuppy hit the stage for the first time at Allegheny College - with 9/11 landing right in the middle of our tech week.

Worked on my first musical, The Hopes and Fears of All The Years, out at Cal State Fullerton. Even tried my hand at song lyrics for the first time.

And since sticking my own little flag down on the surface of the internet, there have been seven passes at the old 24 Hour Play Project with Theatre Unbound (the last of which I realize I still haven't posted yet), four go-rounds with the Chicago Avenue Project for Pillsbury House Theater, a couple of servings of Thirst at Joe's Garage, a Play Date, and a mythological adaptaion.

There's been a Fringe show of my own, the last gasp of a local ten minute play festival that used to mean a lot to me, and another mounting of Studpuppy.

There's also a been a little bit of publication, with monologues from Studpuppy, Heaven and Home, and Leave (The Surface of the World).

Just had the pleasure of spending another fall developing a new play at Allegheny College. And the videotapes of that endeavour, But Not For Love, just arrived in the mail the other day - right as the website was gasping for some attention, and renewal.

And now I'm heading into the home stretch on a workshop project funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the larger play, Love's Prick, from which the Allegheny play last fall was spawned.

Where will I be in the next five years, when May 23, 2012 rolls around and the internet wants a little attention, and some additional outlay of my money, again?

Good question.

The last five years haven't been as filled with missed opportunities as I'd feared, looking back.

Gives one hope for the next five year plan - particularly since I'm going to be a bit more deliberate about it.

Not that bouncing around hasn't yielded some interesting results...

Friday, May 25, 2007

My Website and Email Are Down

Hi all

Hopefully by the time any of you wonder where I am or why I'm not responding, this will be resolved.

As of 6pm last night, my site went down, taking the email account with it.

First it was non-responsive with a standard error page, then it was a "Hey, this domain name has expired. Find out how to renew it today" page.

As far as I know, my domain name has not expired.

Something weird is going on, but until it's resolved, I'm kinda screwed.

For the time being, I'm running things through a secondary email address

Gee, play coming up in three weeks, TV studio taping in less than a week, I wonder if I could dream a worse time for something like this to happen.


Nope, not coming up with anything at the moment.

Once my feeble online life is restored, I'll let ya know.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fringe 2007 - Fringe TV - The Scramble

Seems no matter how far in advance we start, no matter how well we plan, no matter how many people express interest in doing the TV show, we always end up at this point sooner or later...

Love's Prick - Postcards from the Edge

Good golly, the ongoing blog on the process just sprouted a part 4 this morning. This time next month, it's all over. Weird...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fringe 2007 - Last Call for Video, Deadline May 31

Handy link reference for video submissions from out of state and international Fringe artists visiting as part of the 2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival...

Love's Prick - Spreading the Word

Some new and different angles and sources for helping get the word out. For instance, look over this new online layout - or this newly posted event coverage...

Monday, May 21, 2007

Fringe 2007 - The Fringe Lottery - Drinking the Kool-Aid, part 4

Don't like waiting around in limbo? I have some alternate strategies for you...

Love's Prick - Something to Worry About

Am I forgetting something? Do I need to be taking care of anything? Or am I just looking for something to worry about?...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fringers Onstage This Week

A handy batch of links to a plethora of Fringey entertainment can be found here...

Love's Prick - Juggling Act

It's a weekend full of my second day job, publicity strategy (check out the photos), and, oh yes, even a rehearsal...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Love's Prick - Words and Pictures

Publicity shots and other strategies for getting the word out...

Love's Prick - We Have A First Act

A new beginning, some rewritten pages, a bunch of transitions between scenes smoothed out and presto

Fringe 2007 - The Lottery System - Drinking the Kool-Aid

Not everyone loves the Fringe and its lottery system, but I have some counter arguments...

Love's Prick - Keep It Simple

Sometimes the simple solutions are the best ones...

Fringe 2007 - Fringing with Mom 5.0

We sort of stumbled into it the first year, Mom and I...

Love's Prick - Speed Bump

Finally running across some rough edges...

Fringe 2007 - Process

Is "blind panic" a process?...

Love's Prick - The Messy Forest Scenes

Director as traffic cop...

Fringe 2007 - Stupid Question

Hey, Fringers, don't take my questions seriously, unless you want to...

Love's Prick - Minstrel Show

Flamboyant homosexuals have invaded my writing, and good for them...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fringe 2007 - Fringers on Stage This Week

The list is delightfully long.

The offerings are widely varied.

Quite literally something for everyone.

Check out this handy collection of links...


Go see some theater. Any and all of these folks will be more than happy to see you in their audience. Bring friends!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Fringe 2007 - National Fringers, Check Your Email

A call for information, and video samples, from out of town Fringers visiting the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August.

Details here, here, and here...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007