Who said blogs have to be completely self-indulgent?
No, stop that-- in an effort to not be in a box, we're inviting a series of Chicago writing/performing super-killers to take the helm of the updates for a while. So get comfortable, as some of Chicago's greatest worders set up our newly-minted plays for success.
This week, Barrel of Monkeys Company Member and budding YA writer, Rachel Wilson!
(rachel's text starts here)....
So it's morbid. So it's kind of done. We still look for signs.
I've seen all the movies. I've read all the books, played the games. I know how this goes. The zombies WIN. So why do we want them to come?
My singer/songwriter friend, John Elliott, has a line that I love: “There’s a boy for every girl at the end of the world.” Maybe it’s a lie, but I want to believe it.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, we all have boyfriends.
The zombies aren't all about cannibalism and conspicuous consumption and conformity. They're about being tested, about coming together and being the ones who survive.
If we find the truck with gas, and we practice with Grandpappy’s shotgun, and we remember that zombies can’t swim but CAN walk on the bottom of the ocean, we might be the deserving ones who “beat this thing.”
Tif, Kurt, Megan, Leah, Bilal, and Caitlin (Mindy jumping in for tech!) rolled a 6, and cut 8 this week. These are the plays:
• At the "Drug Induced Cafe" in Miami, Florida there is only one thing on the menu. - (tif harrison)
• in heat. - (tif harrison)
• stuff we're not. - (megan mercier)
• Writing, and Other People - (kurt chiang)
• Soundbitten - (bilal dardai)
• Twelve-Point Sans Serif Catastrophe Bottle - (bilal dardai)
• With her mom's basement cleaned out, Leah's old dance recital costumes make one final encore performance. In 3 movements. - (leah urzendowski)
• A warm bowl of birds - (caitlin stainken)
Remember: You and I might be the last ones left. The last ones alive. And what's there to do in an empty, wrecked world except fall in love?
Rachel Wilson's debut YA novel Don't Touch recently sold to Harper Children's. It has nothing to do with fighting dead things, but her current work in progress does. Rachel makes theater with Barrel of Monkeys and has played with the Neos in Picked Up, Fear, and It Came from the Neo-Futurarium.
(end Rachel's text)
Thanks, Rachel! Side note; she wrote that without even knowing that Tif had written a play about the very thing. Intuition.
Next week: fancy writer/playwright Philip Dawkins!