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And no, it’s not the raising terror alert in US.

It is, in fact, the colours of my script getting shorter. Much shorter. As difficult as it might be to cut, with each cut the story actually seems to be getting clearer. It feels, at first, as if you are stripping away important details, but in fact what is actually happening is that you are focusing the eye of the audience on what is truly important. It’s really interesting. Not easy, but interesting.

So first it was yellow: tactical large chunks. Now it is orange: more surgical, but still some big pieces. I’m thinking next will be green…those will be the cuts that can’t even fathom doing right now. By the end of this my script will be very colorful indeed.

In any case, the Red Arrow is the only way to move between YYC and YEG, cruising right by each airport on the way. Oh, there’s YEG. Home soon.


Read through the new play one and a half times yesterday with the Edinburgh bound cast of LBHS. Exciting to hear the show in its entirety for the first time. Hoping to have a title by the end of the day. Running time was nearly 2 ours and 20 minutes. As the show needs to run 1 hour and 20 mins there is some major cutting to do…but this is to be expected. Better get to it.


I’m sorry to have to report that Red Lips, the Musical will not be happening this June in our neighbour city to the south. The four hander musical based on James Shirley’s The Lady of Pleasure, that I wrote ten years ago with Tim Ryan and Jeff Smook, has been cancelled by Liquid Meld Theatre, along with the rest of their season running at the Vertigo Theatre space in downtown Calgary. I have to say I’m very disappointed about not getting a chance to see this work again. (Actually, I never saw it last time as I was on stage performing in the show as well). I feel sorry for all of the Liquid Meld folks for having to pull the plug, and extremely sorry to all of the people that were hoping to be working on these shows. There really isn’t anything to say about it except that it sucks.

It would have been nice not to have had to find out about the cancellation from a mass email inviting me to a premature season rap party for the company which had me thinking, “Hmm, I wonder why they’re having a wrap party in April when Red Lips is in June?” But what the hey, I’m sure they had stuff on their minds. No hard feelings. I suppose I’m thankful that this near-production has become the catalyst for me completing the score for the show which had never been written out…even if it did take up the entire month of November and half of December.

So if anyone is looking for a great small cast musical set in a coffee shop…get in touch. We’ll do lunch.

February 21, 2011. Holiday Monday. 7:15 AM. Temperature: -21 Celsius. Soundtrack: Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures.

I’d much bouncing around in my brain this morning on my 9K loop: Lyric fixes for Red Lips need to get underway, new songs and scenes for Saint Aggie’s need to be written, plans need to be made for the release of the new CT album in May…and for some reason I seem to be starting to formulate ideas for a new musical, though I’m sure it’s a bad idea to be doing that right now.

Must prioritize.

Yesterday I started reformatting the Red Lips script in order to make some improvements to the lyrics. I needed to do this as the only copy I have of the script in digital form is a PDF file, so in order to make any changes to anything I would have to copy the text from the PDF into a Word or Final Draft document. You can just cut and paste from such a file (thanks for reminding me Maria), but when you’ve done it, all the formatting is gone. Mr. Timothy F. Ryan always did such a great job with the presentation of his scripts – and Red Lips was no exception. I still have a photocopy of the original draft 1 of Frankenstein (circa 1991) in Tim’s handwritten block lettering. It’s really beautiful.

So anyway, I’m working away, hoping that I’m doing it justice. I’d given the whole thing a good strong font with a decent sarif (Tim always liked sarif for some reason) and I’m finally thinking he would like this font I’d chosen. I’m about halfway through act 1 in about an hour and a half. Making good time. Everything was going great!

Then I dumped a cup of tea into the keyboard.

Amazingly, everything is going to be fine. I managed to keep the liquid to the right side of the computer by tipping it up on it’s side almost immediately (it was a split second reflex, actually – scarily fast), saving the hard drive and other important hardware from being drowned. Long story short, I’m just going to need a new keyboard. That is all. Whew!

And a couple more days.

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  • Saint Aggie’s ’84: GCS Newsbreak April 17, 2012
    Here’s a story on the show that aired in Greensboro today.
  • Saint Aggie’s on WFMY News March 31, 2012
    Here’s an interview on KFMY television in North Carolina with Keith Taylor, Saint Aggie’s ’84’s director, and Katie Sessoms who plays Hattie in the show.
  • Adventures in North Carolina March 29, 2012
    Last week I ventured to the state of North Carolina to witness the opening of the premiere of the two-act version of SAINT AGGIE’S ’84 at the Weaver Academy in Greensboro. I flew in on Tuesday night (it was supposed to be Tuesday afternoon – thanks United Airlines) caught the dress rehearsal and watched the […]
  • A photo from another world… February 15, 2012
    Here it is. The first glimpse of the next cast of Saint Aggie’s ’84. Yes, the photo is bit grainy and slightly unclear, reminding me a little of a photo from early space exploration, an early moon probe, transmitted back to earth slowly via radio waves and taking hours to receive, decipher and print. Of […]
  • On Our Way January 25, 2012
    My new EP has on it (among other things) my version of ON OUR WAY from Saint Aggie’s ’84. You can check the song out or download it alone or with the whole EP at bandcamp. ***ALSO*** Watch for progress reports from Greensboro NC, where rehearsals are underway at the Weaver Academy for the debut […]
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