|Buffy Aakaash - Playwright||
And then there's tomorrow...
How tomorrows turn into months...
I completed 31 Plays in 31 Days by the deadline of August 31st. You can peruse any of them under "Plays in Development". None of them were my best work. But it kept me writing for that time. And then left me in a writing hiatus and haze.
"Connecting Creativity," which partners American actors and writers with Irish actors and writers, had a lot of potential, but for me was met with a degree of disappointment. In Part One, I worked with the Irish Actor, Conor Marren, who is most recently known for his work in a short horror film called Out There. I wrote a piece called, "The New Blood," about an Iraq war veteran trying to make it in the financial industry. I tried to tune in online on the performance day, but there were technical difficulties with the sound, i.e. it was completely inaudible. Interesting, seeing your work performed but not being able to hear the words. Then, I had hope of seeing a video of the performance, but it was never uploaded.
In "Connecting Creativity" Part 2, I was teamed with Sharon Skerritt, who of all the actors in the Part One videos that were released, I most thoroughly enjoyed. After chatting with her at length, I wrote for her a piece called "The Ghost of the Greyhounds". This time the show was done live in New York, as well as Dublin. Once again, technical issues prevented me from being able to watch. When I finally caught up with Sharon, she wrote that "it was the worst experience of my career," assuring me it was not my writing but the fact she found herself in a heavy coat under hot lights. While I felt honored to work with both Conor and Sharon, and to be a part of the project, I don't know what to make of my experience with it as a writer. In one word, disappointment.