I’m heading out this morning for Valdez, Alaska, for the Valdez Theatre Conference. It starts on Saturday, but it takes two days to get there. Not surprising, since it’s about 4,000 miles if I went direct. But the route is Miami to Dallas, Dallas to Anchorage today, then on to Valdez tomorrow. But as you can see by the view above, it’s worth it.
The conference is more like a festival of nearly fifty short plays done in readings over seven days, plus some group playwriting, get-togethers, evening performances, and sightseeing, including a trip down Prince William Sound to see some glaciers and maybe a whale or a family of otters.
They’re doing my play Home-Style Cooking at the Gateway Cafe, a short play where “[t]he usual crowd gathers for coffee at their favorite diner in a small western town until a mysterious stranger enters and engages them in conversation. But who’s telling the truth and who’s not? And what’s the lunch special?”
It will be done on Wednesday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. Alaska Time, which is 1:00 p.m. ET. You can catch it on Zoom at that time. If you miss the live show, it will be preserved on YouTube for short period of time.
Meanwhile, I’ll be hanging out with the kind of people who love theatre, who love to write, and who enjoy being in a place where the mountains meet the sea and the sun never sets, at least when we’re there. The picture below was taken at 10:54 p.m. on June 9, 2019.
I’ll post pictures and stories throughout the week.