Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Patty Barrett, author.


So… I wrote a play.

I feel as though I can finally say that because all my input is basically complete – and the script is more or less finished – albeit a few minor tweaks. I wrote a play!

Jenny Gibbs came up with the concept to Suffolk and then she and the Performing Arts Office approached me about writing it for them and I was more than happy to oblige.

I love it so much, mainly because there are so many times when you’re hanging out with your friends and you think, “There should be a movie about us.” Or, “We should write a book about all of our stories.” At least that’s what Seriously Bent should do. So, when I was writing, I got to take all those stories and experiences (and weird character traits) and turn them into a story.

And it works. And last night was the first read through with the cast, and I was literally in tears from laughing so hard. Sure, I was laughing at my own words… words that I wrote… words that I had been reading and re-writing for months. But, hearing them all read the lines out loud – even BETTER than I ever would have thought… well, it was probably the happiest and most rewarding feeling I’ve ever felt.

And it only reinforced the fact that my friends (including ones not in the play, or written about in the play) are the funniest people I know.

Oh, and also, that despite the fact that I was approached about doing STEW (thanks Jenny!) and it sort of fell into my lap – good things just happen if you just fucking do it.

Yesterday was a very good day.

This has been a very good year.

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