• Keep NY on my Desk

    By Nicki Bloom on August 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM
    Performances / New York

    Well I'm back in the depths of an Australian country winter after spending a glorious three and a half weeks in NYC. The run of TENDER went really well, it was great to see how the play shifted in response to the audience over the course of the week. I feel very fortunate to have met the talented and generous people I met in New York, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology we're not so far apart at all. My first New York visitors arrive in a little over four weeks! 

    New York has wormed its way into my heart and I am sure I'll be back in the not-too distant future. I have a special memento from my time in New York on my desk, a gift from one of my actors, a 'New-York-In-An-Apple' and as I look at it I imagine you all peopling the buildings and the streets, and you're there but here, it's then but now, and everything is in order. 

    Thank you for everything. 

  • The Chequered flag

    By Dougal Irvine on July 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    Performances / New York

    So, the show’s been open for a couple of nights and already the end is in sight.  Can’t quite believe where the times gone. There are many things I thought I would do on this trip, few of which I will probably achieve. Oh well. Just have to come back then.

    I’ve been surprised and very happy with how audiences have taken to Departure Lounge. I genuinely had no idea how Americans would relate to what is a specific aspect of British culture, but people keep telling me they find the boys charming and universally appealing! Amazing how far a few jokes about a potato will get you…

  • The Land Down Under

    By Rick Viede on July 27, 2009 at 2:33 PM
    New York / Life

    I’m missing you guys- by god I had the time of my life. I’m having that bizarre experience (re)discovering that I just don’t connect very deeply to Australians and Australian culture, which is something I definitely did not find in NY where meeting people and creating felt so easy! What a bizarre exp of NY, everybody comments on how hard it is! Proof that I should (and will) be living there. Fingers crossed some major funding comes my way cos I’ll jiump on a plane and move there!

  • Happy and Sad

    By Ken Urban on July 25, 2009 at 3:33 PM
    Performances / New York / Life

    Well, The Happy Sad is open and and I couldn't have predicted the overwhelming positive responses that the show has gotten. It was a crazy few days leading up to opening night. I did a major rewrite of a scene on Friday, the set threw us a few curveballs during tech, and Trip and I realized that The Happy Sad is a big big show. The shows keep getting better and like all of us SPF playwrights (I imagine) I am really hoping the show has a longer second life. I am been amazed at how much older audiences like the play. I also hear that subscribers are scared of sex and frank material. But the folks who have come to see Happy Sad have not had that reaction. I watch in the audience every night I can and see how engaged they are. I haven't seen the show for the past two nights because I had to go to Williamstown for a reading and to receive the Weissberger Prize (another big highlight of the summer). I can't wait for the final three shows. I know the actors will have grown even more confident in their roles. Right now, despite  the exhaustion and this summer cold from hell, I am very happy. Come Sunday after we close, I can tell I am going to be very sad. 

  • A load off in the rain….

    By Dougal Irvine on July 24, 2009 at 6:36 PM
    Rehearsals / New York

    I’ve been working on Departure Lounge off and on for quite a few years now. You know how it is. Play gets done. People get excited. Play sits on shelf for years, gets done again at fringe festival. More people get excited. Play moves to off Broadway….


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