Last month, I participated in NaSkeWriMo. By submitting 15 OKCouple sketches before September 30, I became the 7th most prolific writer. I'm proud because:
I look forward to the staged reading at Under The Gun Theater on Thursday, October 13. Here's a brief, creative reflection on this 30-day writing challenge.
Why this story?
On my first few dates with my husband, I wore makeup. When I revealed I would slowly reduce the amount I wore until I was back to a bare face, he challenged me to just be who I was. I was afraid because all the dating books and women's magazine pressure you to be some picture perfect person.
Growing up I enjoyed shows like Rosanne and Married with Children. I was intrigued by the idea of a romance story about a scumbag couple. Last year (2015) I watched Shameless for the first time. The level of 'sin verguenza' captivated me. I knew where I wanted to take this story.
What's special about Harold and Winnie?
First of all, those two names together just sound like a grouchy, old couple with a lot of free time on their hands.
At first, I worried that it wasn't believable that two college-educated adults would do such deplorable things. In fleshing out the first 15 sketches, I realized cabin fever is probably the reason for most of their strange happenings and conversations. They're unemployed, so they are trying to conserve money by staying inside. Pretending to be children is their coping mechanism that keeps them from snapping because life doesn't make sense.
Do you relate to your characters?
Many millennials - myself included - find ourselves confused by how today’s workplace devalues our work (and work ethic). I grew up hearing that once I graduated from college getting a job would be a piece of cake. I was hired as a staffed reporter about one month after graduating from college. Back then, I was so disappointed because I thought I was unemployed for too long. I'd wanted a job waiting for me before the ink dried on my diploma. Ha!
The next year, I left my reporter job (WITH BENEFITS!) to earn my M.F.A. I was so confident that I would have a job the summer after graduating. I'd freelanced since I was a teenager but having had the taste of job security, a fixed salary, and benefits made me desperate to live that life again.
During that time, I did radical things like sleep on a mattress (no bed) for a year so I could afford theater tickets. I think everyone can relate to financial hardship and the desire for economic and social mobility. I think people can relate to having a friend who will support you in better or worse, in sickness and health, until death do you part.
Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
Here you'll find writing samples, videos of past performances, and off notes about my life as a writer.
When I'm not writing and performing, I help artists get organized. You should hire me to help you produce live events, promote your art, or manage resources so you can make the most of every opportunity.
Find Me Online
I like internet strangers. Just you know... be cool. Stalker, no stalking.