I had a wonderful two weeks at The O’Neill. Working on Picnic at Hanging Rock was a terrific experience. The show grew so much in the two weeks we worked on it. I am so happy that I was able to be apart of such a beautiful piece.
I must admit I’m having a hard time readjusting to city life. My little dog, Jacob, who spent his two weeks at my parent’s home in the country, also misses the great outdoors.
I really needed the two weeks away. I love New York City but every now and then I feel like the walls are closing in on me. Spending two weeks by the beach, working on new material, gave me a much-needed breath of fresh air. I will miss the creative process and running out to the Hammock to learn new music!
The cast was wonderful. They are all people I would hate to lose touch with. Watching Laila Robbins act was better than a master class at LAMDA. We all had an incredible time together. Several of us took a ferry out to Block Island and spent the day riding bikes to the beaches there. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid. It was so nice to go back with such good company.
Daniel Zaitchik has a huge future ahead of him. His music is stunning. I really hope Picnic at Hanging Rock finds a home in New York City. The score needs to be heard. The book has really taken on new life as well. Daniel made some extreme changes before the final reading that really helped make everything clearer to those not familiar with the source material. If they would have me back, I would drop everything to do the show.
Speaking of Daniel, he has a show coming up on Monday at Joe’s Pub. You should check it out. Info
Speaking of Joe’s pub…
Nah, I shouldn’t tease…especially when the details haven’t been worked out yet.
Oh, and incase you’re wondering. I did meet Jason (Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters).
…I nearly crapped my pants.