OVER THE TOP
This project started several years ago as one act comedy.
At that time, it was pretty simple. I recast the belligerent states as guests at a garden party. Frank and Francine are still in a long term custody battle for Al and Lorraine, Sophia is fickle with her affections, and Angela is enjoying cocktails in the sun. All is well (sort of) until Little Prick and Serbia have another fight. The party turns ugly when the uncles get involved. When the brave Belle Jen gets caught in the fracas, Angela is roused from her splendid isolation and fetches her fighting gin.
In 2014, Vanessa Gilbert developed in more detail some of the elements that we both thought would be fun to build upon to make this a more mature piece, particularly the garden party aspect. She and I also explored some visual storytelling possibilities, both with puppetry and with digital media.
The result of that exploration was a new script, in which the original play is one strand in a larger performance. The new script called for movies, puppets, servants and canapés. It also called for a game. And this called for some resources. Joseph Megel at UNC-Chapel Hill supported our development of the game through the UNC Chapel Hill Process Series. This gave us a chance to test some ideas on how a game with the audience in the middle of a play might work.
For more information, visit www.overthetopshow.com
other things in the pipeline
While Over the Top is the focus of my energies, there are a few projects that are are currently on the back burner. A couple of them:
BACK ON THE LINE
A musical in which the boy leaves the kitchen for the dining room to get closer to the new waitress only to find…
AARON BURR: A NEW WORK AGAIN
This is a puppet adaptation / recreation of the 19th century Ballet-Opera Aaron Burr, using what remains of recently uncovered sketches and manuscripts from the era.
WAITING FOR W.
Charlemagne, Queen Victoria, and Tony Montana show up for work and struggle to keep their personal issues from distracting from their afterworldly task at hand: processing the intake of a super shitty president.
THINKING OF IWAO
A ten minute look at conditioning, learning and becoming.
THERE (ARE) NO BIRDS IN (THE) UKRAINE
A couple old buddies, a new arrival that isn't what he claims, and the dishwasher have more than a couple shift drinks that results in a long night's journey into day.