I was very excited Saturday night to open my email and see the words "Congratulations! You are a participant in the 2014 Fringe Festival" flash across my Android phone. I had about five minutes to celebrate before my battery died, after which I celebrated sans electronics.
I started working on THE HVAC PLAYS back in July 2013. It was very hot, so hot that I was pushed from my apartment to a nearby cafe, during which I decided to write about other people who were in a similarly A/C-less situation in their own apartments. Eventually my parents took pity on me and gave me the most grownup birthday present I have ever received - an air conditioning unit. "The Heater Plays," the follow-up to "The A/C Plays," came in January, after our boiler broke (in the same building, no less) and we had no heat during the polar vortex, for a week.
I don't want to give away essentials of plot, but basically you meet three sets of people who are coping with the extreme temperatures in their own fashion, each living on a different floor of the same city apartment building. I fell in love with these characters and I hope other people will at this year's fringe.
I'll say it again -
The HVAC PLAYS ARE COMING TO FRINGE!!
It's going to be a worthy but expensive journey, so please - stay tuned in the coming weeks, because there will be an indiegogo campaign. I can't do this all on my own, no, I'm no superman.
In other news, a UK-based thriller called THIRD FLOOR will be directed by yours truly at The Tank in midtown Manhattan in October 2014!!!
There will be a fundraising campaign for this venture as well! I'm very excited to bring it to the stage in NYC for the first time and I hope y'all will come along for the ride.
Oh, and lest I forget,
I am now the literary manager for Turn to Flesh Productions! Submit your beautiful plays to me!
I'm happy that so many wonderful things are starting to happen - can't wait for NYC to see what this Midwestern kid has to offer.