Just stumbled across this today. Matt Slaybaugh- who directed both these shows and JUST KIDS did it.
I have some great friends and collaborators- Matt and Matt Dellapina. Martin Andrews, Jennifer Fawcett. I’ve been lucky enough to go to Africa to do theater, to travel the United States performing. I’ve been having a theater life not just career and still I let the existential malaise creep up on me from time to time.
Right now we’re in rehearsals for a new play of mine MANNING UP- it’s a rolling world premiere with the NNPN.
And I’ve been really apologetic about this play. Because it isn’t political, or edgy, or structurally complicated. It’s a two actor single set comedy about becoming fathers. It’s way more Neil Simon than Danny Hoch. And I felt- for a long time- bad about that. Like I was selling out. When really, for the first time in my life, I was doing two things:
1. Writing about people I know and am friends with and talk t everyday
2. writing from sheer joy.
Rehearsals have been the most fun I’ve had in awhile and i’ve grown to be really proud of this play. It’s simple and it’s a comedy and it makes no pretense about what it is. But it’s also about men I know finding out who they are. It’s about the types of fathers we end up with and that we end up being.
And it’s got a good heart.
I can’t be ashamed about that.