After working on and off most of the day, I indulged in going to a movie last night at 11:00p. I am so glad I did. If you haven't seen 'The Wrestler', I would definitely go and see it soon. Of course I am a sucker for any comeback story, and well, its not really a comeback story, more of an intense character study. If you have followed Mickey Rourke's life as I have done, it was a wonderful parallel of 'life imitating art'. Mickey plays Randy 'The Ram', a wrestler who is getting up in years, (he wears both a hearing aid and glasses) and is facing the end of his career as a wrestler. I won't tell you much more, but I will say that it is one of those movies that stays with you. There is lots to ponder in this very well done film by Darren Aronofsky. Wow. I found myself feeling a little like 'The Ram', getting back in the ring for another round of theatre. It was both inspiring and heartbreaking. For anyone wanting 'one more go' at anything in life, it is well worth seeing this movie. If nothing else, Mickey Rourke's face has become a landscape that is well worth watching.
I've finally been able to resume my walking routine this past week, which takes a little out of me energy wise it seems, but I know it will eventually give it back. I walked through the neighbor hoods of Los Feliz and East Hollywood yesterday early evening, where the large affluent houses are a plenty. There are so many of these houses, (beautiful and old) I kept thinking, "What do these people do to get a house like this?" I'll bet a good percentage of them work in the 'entertainment industry', which, duh, makes sense. Yesterday, Kurt was also able to get Scott and I memberships to Crunch Gym, so we start our light workouts tonight. Everything right now is focussed and directed towards two things. The first is getting the play up. The second is getting the next job. The play is in motion, and no matter what feelings of 'fight or flight' come up, there is no turning around on that one. If any of you ever want to finish a play, just give yourself a production date and sign a contract for the space, believe me, you will finish. In fact, Its much of the advice I give playwrights wanting to know how to get a play up on its feet. Pick a year. Pick a day. The second part of the motive equation, finding the next job is a little tougher, but we are confident that we will have that by the time the play goes up. We are working several different angles. I'll save those angles for the next entry.
Its time for me to get to work on the play. Kurt has recommended several more 'cuts', which is always tough, because you get very protective of certain parts of the story you have created. I remember Gus Edwards, (my playwriting teacher) used to say, "If you are to attached to a part of your writing, it probably has to go..." Whenever there is a particular 'flowery' or especially emotional part, I always try to look at it objectively. It probably has to go. There have been several 'chunks' that have had to go the last week or so, but the play is definitely getting a very tight structure. Happy Inauguration day everyone, the beginning of a new era.