THE STUFF OF A LIFETIME
Not just a book to read, this is also one to use -- to dip into, think about, lay aside awhile as you go live a little more, and then come back to pick up again. With them each step of the way, the book takes its readers on a fascinating journey into their very own experiencing . . . into its special moments and day-to-day routines; into its turning points, its endings and beginnings, with those gaps and pauses in between; into its peaks, pits, and plateaus -- keeping an eye out all the while for signs of "the more," that living part of what we are outside our picture of ourselves. The aim is to find the vital stuff of our life itself and to become better acquainted with and guided by our own uniqueness.
FOUR PLAYS WITH MUSIC
Until Now is about a man and a woman who've gone back to an abandoned pavilion atop a remote mountain, who meet for the first time, and bump into a cosmic stranger who reveals to both how the unlived past points the way to the unfolding future.
Show Me and Show Me Again are written to be performed in repertory. Show Me opens with two small (low budget but high talent) touring companies arriving on separate trains in the middle of the night in Obligato, Arizona -- only to discover they've both mistakenly been booked into the town's tiny theater for the same short period. The U.S. group only does musicals, while the one from Europe only does opera. The plot thickens from there! Show Me Again, features an unknown devotee of musicals becoming surprisingly instrumental in re-igniting the flame of the whole American tradition stemming from none other than Jacques Offenbach, the great granddaddy of all Musical Theater.
The description of Dakota Dawn is to be posted in a new section that will appear on my original website at the Authors Guild.
SOME SONGS & LYRICS
This is the ongoing compilation of musical pieces appearing in the plays and other works. Sometimes the words and music are an original composition, and other times the words are set to the instrumental works of others.
In Until Now, it is a matter of the first instance, while in Show Me and Show Me Again both of the two instances occur together, given the nature of the story the two plays are telling draws from the history of musical theater and depicts some of its chief practitioners as themselves.
Show Me and Show Me Again
A two-play festive tribute to American Musical Theater