This has been a tough week for the whole world, but in our way, we are doing our best to make it through with determination and that indomitable human spirit. We are finding ways to cope with this pandemic with inventive means and even with humor, which is, in its own way, an essential service.
As I noted earlier this week, a lot of us theatre people are finding ways to create, to share, to inspire even if the venues and stages are shuttered. We are supporting our fellow crafters with funds where needed, a helping hand where possible, and just plain uplifting spirit that carries us through.
I myself came across a play that I started in 2009 called “Tucumcari Tonite!” I had written about nine pages, then stopped, and never went back. I don’t remember why I stopped, but two days ago I picked up where I left off, finished it (if plays are ever finished) and posted it on NPX. It’s a light little buddy comedy one-act that takes place on the side of a highway in the middle of the New Mexico desert. It’s nothing profound, but in times like these, we need a little lightness to make us laugh, even if it’s only for thirty-two pages.