It all began with my reading a playbill ad looking for a book writer/lyricist…a gathering of my work and submitting. Then…
My names is Amy Baer and I am working with Keith Robinson on the musical 'Standby'. We received your application a few weeks ago for a book writing position via Playbill, and we enjoyed reading your work. Thank you for submitting your materials.
If you are still available and interested in the collaboration, would you be available for a brief phone call or Skype over the weekend or next week? We would love to tell you a bit more about our musical, as well as hear more about your work as well.”
…And with that begins one of the wildest rides I have ever been part of.
Boom- a phone meeting where we discussed my work and their vision, an assignment to read their script and come up with some ideas. Then boom, a meeting was scheduled at Starbucks in Union Square.
I sat down with the script and their cd. Their script, written with book writer/lyricist Alfred Solis, was so full of heart and love. It was such a wonderful story, and a unique premise that I was immediately drawn to it. After one week of listening to their music and reading their script, working on the audition assignment they have given me, I did something I try to never do with a job…
…I fell in love with it.
I loved the characters. I loved the idea. I loved the project. And I wanted it.
We're only six months apart, yet she's always had years of maturity on me.
But let's go back....My cousin Valerie and I used to play in the back of my Dad's work truck. On the quiet cul-de-sac of the street, in my aunt and uncle's yard, we would climb up the tires of my dad's truck and into the back and climb all over the sheet metal, tools, work equipment and other "dangerous" things (kids dont get to play outside anymore, do they?) and imagine all sorts of adventures until it got dark and Auntie Irene called us back in for dinner.
For dinner, Valerie would ask for Chicken McNuggets. Her mom would say no...then they would push me in..
'Auntie Irene, can we have chicken nuggets?" I would ask.
Happy meal time!
We laugh at that a lot.
Countless Friday nights, I would sleep over and we would play video games all night longs, then get up and watch saturday morning cartoons. She once tricked me into watching Pee Wee's Playhouse every saturday by telling me that there was an episode where they played with He Man figures. There were times I even watched it home on my own, hoping for that episode.
Writer/Actor/Storyteller. Theatre Maker. Husband. Bad Hombre. Cat Taunter.
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