theatre (5)

an episodically published poem
link to beginning

in box
piles of paper
scripts
proposals
treatments
letters of inquiry
begging frustrated hopeless
hopeful lists of awards
credentials CVs
letters of recommendation
outbox
piles of paper
dogearred pencil notes
post-its
letters to go
scripts
proposals
treatments
garbage

A little sacred stack
of possibilities
terra incognita
here there be monsters

A shelf of possibilities
published scripts
by known playwrights
with known track records

The director dreams
a sacred stack of monsters
a shelf of known positives
on the stage in the dream
energy, passion action
in the audience
tears applause laughter
agreement discovery amazement
the energy soars to a heart pumping climax
the actor thrusts a hand up towards the gods
the crowd cannot breathe as his gaze
slowly falls upon the shattered flesh
of his poor tortured daughter

do I choose this ugly but intelligent possibility
or this sweet known crowd pleaser

do I stage a play that defines us
but will lose money or do I
go with a proven dandy
that will keep everyone employed
or do I take a chance that I can
hype the unproven play
and make it work

and the answer is

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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