I’m off to the airport to catch a plane to Dallas then on to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and from there to Independence, Kansas to participate in the 27th annual William Inge Theatre Festival. This year we are honoring Christopher Durang.
This is my 17th trip to Independence. My first festival was in 1991 when the honoree was Edward Albee. Since then I’ve met such people as Robert Anderson, Neil Simon, Peter Shaffer, Wendy Wasserstein, Arthur Miller, Jerry Lawrence, August Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Tina Howe, John Guare, and countless other people who’ve made a lasting impression on me. And it was at last year’s festival that I met Rachel Charlop-Powers who became the driving force behind the premiere last winter of Can’t Live Without You.
So with good travel fortune with me, my next post will be from the Apple Tree Inn in Independence later today.