Video: Cast members Tonya Pinkins, Julie Reiber, Julian Fleisher, and Maulik Pancholy attempting a synchronized cartwheel.
My wife Rehana
and I just finished co-writing one of the 24 Hour Musicals
, which is an evening of four 15-minute musicals, all written, composed, rehearsed, and performed in a single day.
We got paired up with the fantastically talented composer Sam Willmott, and the three of us stayed up all night Sunday to serve up a delicious serving of skin-of-your teeth musical theater.
At 9pm Sunday we met up with the company and met all the actors.
At 11pm we drew for a cast and got to work.
By 7am the next day we'd written a brand-new short musical.
Rehana and I have co-written several times before, but never NEVER under such high-pressure, sleepless conditions.
WHAT was going to happen??
It all had me feeling a little like this...
Fortunately, our love and our dramaturgy remained strong. Sam was an insanely generous presence, and everyone around us generally kicked ass. (The video above is brought to you by the fact that Julie Reiber mentioned she'd never done a cartwheel onstage, so we found a way to work that into our book. The cast was so amazing and collaborative that they all decided to get in on the action.)
Here's a before-and-after pic of our overnight writing session...
Sunday, 4/28/13, 11:01PM
Monday, 4/29/13, 6:17 AM
Bike America will be produced by Ma-Yi Theater in NYC Sept-Oct. Check back here for more details soon...
We're running 'til Feb 24 at the Alliance
Guest item today. Check out the artwork on my wife Rehana Lew Mirza's new play "Lonely Leela." And check out the play why don't you? Puppet/video/live staging of a living, breathing "Alice in Wonderland" internet. Sept 5-8, 2012 ONLY. More info at www.desipina.org.
Hop on your bikes.
My play Bike America will be workshopped at the Kennedy Center in D.C. next week as part of the MFA Playwrights' Workshop. Directed by Freddie Ashley, Artistic Director of Actor's Express.
Then a workshop production at Juilliard in September directed by Hal Brooks, Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project.
The Kennedy Center one's private, the Juilliard one's public. More details on the Juilliard one forthcoming...