Greetings from Independence, Kansas, home of the 30th annual William Inge Festival. This is my 20th trip here, starting in 1991, when Edward Albee was the guest of honor, and I’ve only missed one — 2002 when I was directing a production of Grease (and would have been far happier to be here than doing that).
The flights from Albuquerque to Dallas and then on to Tulsa were uneventful (except for a child two rows behind me who was working her banshee audition), and the weather here is beautiful; clear and warm, and so likely to be for the rest of the week.
My first stop was at the William Inge Theatre on the campus of Independence Community College, which is the the host of the festival. There I dropped off the supply of Can’t Live Without You scripts (on sale for the incredibly low price of $10) and greeting old friends. Tonight will be a performance of a new musical by Sheldon Harnick (Inge honoree in 2007), A Doctor In Spite of Himself.
Tomorrow begins the workshops and sessions with actors and guests. My big moment is Friday when I am at the Scholar’s Conference.
As I have for the last couple of Inge Festivals, blogging about the events will be over at Bobby Cramer, while I’ll try to keep up a modicum of posting over here to let you know what I see going on outside one world of make-believe and in the other.