Edifice Complex Wrecked

Today I went by the address where my first three full length plays were produced. I was feeling sentimental, wanting to see what they’d done with the old moldy building. What they’d done is tear it down and put up a new building!

I can no longer say:
“If only these stones could speak!”
I guess I’ll just pray
The basement no longer leaks.

Planetary

Because we didn't really know her birthday,
We simply had to pick a date for Earth Day.
Saturn somehow gets a day each week -
Saturday in the language that we speak.
mepublicenemy

Distance

I was invited to write a play for an online 10-minute play festival. It's always nice to be invited! So I agonized in the way I usually do, and wrote one and sent it in. I hope they like it, because otherwise I will probably feel the need to write another one. The main stipulation is that the play should be designed as what I would call a "Zoom-native play". Each actor appears on a screen, and there's no pretense that they are "really" in the same physical location. The story somehow must involve people relating at a distance. Like a "telephone play" but with visuals.

It may be silly, but one of my worries, when writing for a short play festival, is that my play not be too much like the other plays in a festival. It's a danger when there's a shared theme.

Of course, the immediate inspiration for this is the way so many of our relationships moved online with this Covid crisis. But they specified that they were not looking for a negative take on the technology of long-distance interaction. They said they would be happy with the celebrations of our ability to communicate vividly over distance.

We've been living an existence
With an extra wall of distance.
mepublicenemy

Going for the Gold

I'm seeking an Olympic win
In jumping to conclusions.
I'm putting an aggressive spin
On breaking-news confusions.
The stories that you hear Day One
Might change a bit Day Two,
But red hot takes are so much fun
Whether false or true!
mepublicenemy

Equality of a Sort

I'm just getting over the changing clocks,
But my mind has fallen prey
To this puzzle: Why call it an equinox
Instead of an equi-day?
I'm sure there's a very good reason,
But what it is, I can't say.
Welcome to the next season -
Let's celebrate anyway!