Sometime today, I have to get to another 'writing session', so that I will sleep tonight. At yesterday's rehearsal, we finally 'hit' the third act turn. Two sections of the play have been identified and locked in, except for the last part of the second section. A turn has to happen in the story, to get to the third section, which becomes the home stretch. It usually reveals itself through lots of writing and rehearsing. When it finally revealed itself, it was very emotional. Doubly because this play is very personal. There were some elements of the story concerning my father that had to be faced, the main element is dealing with the possibility that he could have been abducted. The search for him in the desert was prolonged and intense. I have always let myself believe in the idea that my father walked until he succumbed to the elements. I never faced the other possibilities. Now I have, and that was a painful part of the story. So much of this process has been 'the process' of dealing with his 'disappearance', but more importantly, dealing with how and what made him a 'disappearing specialist'. No one deserves to have his life end with no one to 'be there', but his life is full of disappearances. The fact is that he learned this trait very early on.
The writing became more difficult when I realized that the story I was telling was not so much about me, but about him, and how his life effected mine. I had to reduce the story to a theme that would have maximum impact at the end of it, instead of some colorful stories. It is still a journey that has a ways to go, but for whatever reason, I've been given this opportunity to develop it.
There is another 'L.A.' story that is 'developing', but the only thing that I know right now is that one of the 'random' people in the photo we took for the postcard happens to be someone that a friend of Scott's knows, and wants to meet with me about the play. We are getting a great 'buzz' down at the Elephant theatre where we are doing the play, and although the ticket sales are not going through the roof, I think we will get an audience for this play. I believe that the 'ghosts' in my life are working overtime to secure this play in the history of a family. Have a great and 'super' Sunday.