I am so fortunate to have Kurt, who has written eleven books and also performed his one man show, 'White Meat' in NYC. This is our ninth collaboration, over the years we have a trust that works magic going down the wire with a new play. There are several of my plays that would not be what they are without his input. I have to give him credit. When we first started collaborating, we used to argue profusely about text leaving the plays. I would fight for sections that he said needed to be cut. Now, I pretty much trust him across the board, and so we get things done very quickly, and he is usually always right. We have also written two screenplays together, one of which is being shopped around here in Los Angeles. Kurt is also one of the foremost experts on physical training, so we are working out as well. I've never worked with someone with as much discipline. When Kurt agreed to do the project, (he lives in NYC) he said he would do it if he could keep the rhythm going on the novel he is writing. One of the deals we made was that I would also read and comment on it as we worked along. He is writing the second draft of his novel, which is about a writer who goes back to a 'hunter gatherer' existence in contemporary New York. Guess what, its brilliant. In fact, I would be so bold as to say I have not read a better piece of fiction in the last ten years. Kurt is fortunate in that he has a very good literary agent, and I'm sure this book will find its publication date. He also has a play, 'Friend of the Family' based on a short story by Dostoyevski, which we have given to the Artistic Director of the company, David Fofi, after he said that Russian plays do very well here in Los Angeles.
One last Kurt story. Next to our apartment, is the clubhouse of the Russian Jews who fought the Germans in Russia during World War II. Kurt managed to propose a series of interviews with these aging Russian-Jewish soldiers. They have given him a translator, and so he has been compiling the story of these soldiers in his 'spare time'. He has even found a USC graduate student to help with the story. Its quite the scene. When we leave for rehearsals in the early afternoon, all of these eighty (some in their nineties) men come out to say 'hello' to Kurt. They are now 'fighting' for the interviews! This is a all a play within the 'play'. There are many other stories we are living here, I'm sure there are anecdotes and happenings that we will not even realize until we are long gone. My advice to all. Don't be afraid of adventure, its the marrow of life. Life is so short, and so sweet. Good night.