“The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.” Steve Martin
I write when pen hits the pad. Sometimes that pad and my imaginary friends are hard to find—writer’s block is bad news. I write when I’m ready but coming up in a few weeks others will act when the audience is ready. So audience, get ready for a fun evening at the Blue Room Theatre in Chico where actors will read the works of selected North State Writers.
Last year the actors at Blue Room Theatre read my piece “Hockey Mom’s Excuse Scores Hat Trick,” a story about a friend who skipped playing hockey one season because she had her uterus removed. I don’t know the details of her uterus, it would be presumptuous to ask, but I have a feeling she just didn’t need it anymore. Plenty of organs can go haywire. I suppose that life is easier living uterus-free.
I submitted a new entry this year, “Hanging Out With Old Attitudes,” written last summer when I visited my dad at his assisted living center. When I spent time with him and his colleagues at happy hour one afternoon I was reminded that they’re just old kids wearing wrinkled skin. Their favorite TV shows may be old but their attitudes are young.
Join us Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1, at the Blue Room Theatre at 138 West 1st Street in downtown Chico. Show time is a 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Last year nearly sold-out so get there early.
“A writer’s job is to give people a reason to keep reading.“ Dave Barry
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