I am so lucky and blessed and honored and other cool stuff to be able to produce art in LA! Last week we presented QueerWise, a group of LGBT seniors sharing stories n sex and love. it was AMAAAAAZING! It fits nicely in with my new play First Elders. Bu that’s not why Andrew and I bring them to Akbar. We love their stories. it’s so amazing to hear them! We have to figure out a way to stream all this or post this or somehow bring the world the awesome art we curate! So friggin proud!
I’m in this show tomorrow. It’s a tribute to playwright Robert Patrick. You probably know his play Kennedy’s Children. I have the opening monologue. It’s 14 minutes long for chrissake! Lordy the things I agree to do HOWEVER it has been fun being an actor and not something I wrote. (Speaking of which I have a new idea for 2 new solo shows: How to be a Diva in the 21st Century and Nerd Anarchy. I’m insane. But when the muses stop by the very least you can do is jot down what they say) (Actually to second parenthetically note something, which s bad grammar but you don’t care, I read a cool article about Inspiration being a Hoax. How the idea that we create art from inspiration is foolish. We create art because it’s what we must do. So we do it. Whenever we have time. Those sitting around waiting to be inspired tend not to create a whole lot. I have always said this. If you write all the time when you don’t something feels off..wrong-ish…..like you left the stove on…and then you wrote something and everything’s better. Luckily though I am seemingly always inspired. I think that might have to do with the fact I am always creating and seeing other peoples creations. Probably. I have fact to base this on.) ANYWAY I am in this little tribute play and will have pictures to post. It has got me thinking of my life as writer. I wonder when I’m 70 will there be a David LeBarron Tribute of all my crazy work? Will it amuse me? Will I ever get around to publishing anything so they can do a tribute? Hmmm……
OH and the reading of First Elders was amazing. I’m re-writing. WOW is it hard. Just changing one little thing and every word needs to be re-thought. It’s less fun than it should be. And yet what I’m coming up with is delicious. I love the new set up. We shall see. OH and AND in a week is the first read of Magical Monsters. Cross fingers, unless you’re a monster then cross claws, talons or hooves.
So I did these shots as a camera test for my new stories for Wicca Please Coriander series. I want to have an image header with each chapter. FUN! The stories take place 4,000 years ago when Corey was a young man learning magick. I have 3 stories outlined. We shall see how they turn out! It’s so much fun to write! I can go on and on about the amount of research these tales took. I won’t. It was fun too but kind of frustrating. I mean I set the story pre-history so who knows what really existed. Well that’s not true. Smart people probably have a good idea of what life was like…sort of. Or so they say. I read a lot and then just created my own, slightly-based on reality, world where new characters live and love. Oh and of course they do cool magick stuff. It’s been very expanding imagination-ally speaking 2 more image after! Continue reading
WOW! Did October even happen? I got real busy real fast! Here’s a pic form me at Kageno’s Harambee. I’m saying thank you, and please give some cash, since they named me volunteer of the decade! No tiara or sash but still a very nice moment. That’s George Kotsiopoulos in stage with me. I totally butchered his name, even after practicing it like a zillion times. Still a nice night.
I’ve changed Wicca Please a bit. I’ve gone back to Cory’s roots 4,000 years ago and have created a world where he learns magick. I call it the Coriander series. I think it’s all age appropriate…so far. I’m hiring a model to play him at 17. The shoot is in Dec. I want to us photos or the like at chapter headings. Fun! I’ll post the lucky model.
On Dec. 8th is the very first reading of First Elders. So excited. Got some cool friends/actors to breathe some life. I think it’ll be awesome. One step closer to a full production! OH and I figured out the problem with my solo kids show! Instead of gearing it to little kids (wherein the monologues were skewing older) I’ve skewed the whole show a bit older and am now calling it Magickal Monsters. ( because magic with a c means rabbits and hats and slight of hand and also also only magickal with a k was available as a domain name
I think I was born a sort of drag queen. Not trans really but more old school drag queen. When I was kid all ever wanted was a disguise kit. I wanted to pretend to be other people from other places. I imagined I could pretend to be an old person, all crooked and wrinkled, and get senior rates at R movies! I could look like a solider or business mans or wonder woman!
In the 90′s I did enough drag to earn the right to never wear heels again. But I’ve always had a penchant for painting face. That and excess amounts of glitter. Lately I’ve been telling some “Ancient Wisdom” tales. The kind that start with “Long ago when the world was young…” and I find more and more I like to tell these wearing face painting. If I were smarter or better informed I suppose they’d be based on Ancient drawings or make practices and designs of “olde” cultures. They’re not. I just kind of close my eyes, get an idea, and draw. I suppose that’s kind of how I start every story too. Write and rehearse all you want, at some point forget all of that and walk on stage to tell the secret you find in the moment.
I don’t think I HAVE to wear anything special to tell a story but it’s fun and I’m all for weird whenever possible Here’s to the weirdo in all of us!