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March 20th, 2013. Hi, everyone. I'm back from Chile, where I had an extraordinary time, visiting their wineries, meeting so many people, I frequently joked: "I've met more people here in two and a half months than I did in the entire decade of the '90s." And that seeming hyperbole is not far from the truth!

Now, I'm in New York City. Officially, I'm a roustabout, as I gave up my apartment in Santa Monica to follow the fate of Sideways the play. As most of you now know, the embryonic version that ran for 6 sold out months at the Ruskin Group Theater has closed. Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) is now taking it to the La Jolla Playhouse, where he is the Director Emeritus. He has assembled an extraordinary team of artists and technicians to take my play to the next level, with an eye, of course, to the world.

When I returned from Chile I dived straight into revisions on the play. Because we now have a much bigger stage and more resources in every department – imagine going from sandlot ball to Yankee Stadium – we opened the play up a quite a bit with more speaking parts and more of a sense of movement – there'll be a car on the stage, e.g., something we couldn't do at Ruskin. The revisions are done – though they're never really done in theater, as I was quick to learn – and now we move into casting.

Anyway, I'll be moving to La Jolla in May to sojourn there for the run of the play. This week we're seeing actors for the major roles that our casting director, Tara Rubin, has brought us. The play will begin rehearsals June 11th, prevues will start July 16th and the play will officially open July 21st in the La Jolla Playhouse's newest theater, the Potiker. See you there, or continue to follow me here where I will start blogging more regularly about the play, which has been the most rewarding creative experience of my life.

Cheers,                              
       


 

 

 


 
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