Lisa and I are thrilled to be a part of Musical Theatre Factory's inaugural writers' group this summer!
Headed up by the amazing Shakina Nayfack, the group includes good friends and fellow GMTWP alumni Julianne Wick Davis, Jahn Sood, Nikko Benson, Benjamin Halstead, Brandon Anderson, Anna Jacobs, Michael R. Jackson, and Niko Tsakalakos.
The group will meet bi-weekly over the next couple of months. Lisa and I will be using this opportunity to develop our second full-length musical SHADES OF WAYNE (summary below).
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Perhaps Wayne, the octogenarian protagonist of our show, has always carried around an idealized version of himself somewhere in the back of his mind. But it is not until he survives a debilitating stroke and loses the ability to communicate with his loved ones that the idealization emerges from his psyche as a living, breathing person: we call him Wayne’s Wayne. Visible only to Wayne and to the audience, Wayne’s Wayne becomes Wayne’s close friend and companion. Meanwhile, Wayne’s beloved wife Aggie finds solace in her own ideal Wayne. We imagine that Aggie’s Wayne gradually developed in her head over nearly fifty years of marriage, but he suddenly became much more real when the stroke left only a shadow of the partner she remembered.
With a tone that is playful and darkly comic, SHADES OF WAYNE tackles uncomfortable questions of selfish- and selflessness, optimism and delusion, and life and death. With Wayne and Aggie’s divorced, forty-something daughter Joanne and their college-aged grandson Little Wayne living under the same roof as Wayne, Aggie, Wayne’s Wayne and Aggie’s Wayne, it quickly becomes unclear who is helping and who is hindering whom as the family attempts to cope with Wayne’s stroke.