So first I saw this, and thought it was just a cool pattern
until I leaned in, and saw that it was full of actual people, and that the people were in a marching band
and I fantasized about an epic play with a cast of hundreds about all the little lives in a marching band.
And then, later, after I'd been listening to a bunch of marching band music, someone sent me this
and I peed a little, and realized that if this sedentary majorette could do all that from her chair I didn't need a cast of hundreds to do what I wanted to do. And maybe I just wanted a play that was a big ol' construction paper heart with a doily trim magic marker dedication to John Philip Sousa.
And that's the back story, pretty much.
Obviously, this all happened during summer. So there was a beach in the picture. And fireflies.
And so I wrote this weird little play. About brass instruments, and patriotic music, and what can happen when nothing is happening.
Two summers. A women's trombone ensemble. Fourth of July. The Mid-Atlantic Sousa Festival.
They go pick blueberries! Someone loses a sandal!
I hope you can make it.
The director is nice, the cast are well-groomed, and the stage directions have a beautiful moustache. The play itself will not overstay its welcome (75 minutes), and will write you a thank-you note afterwards, on tasteful stationery with a patriotic stamp.
Bring sparklers and watermelon.
Going Out and Coming Back
by Alex Borinsky
directed by Colleen Sullivan
with Clare Barron, Kathryn Dickinson, Paola Irun, Deb Margolin, Mary Neufeld, Danielle Slavick, and Stephanie Wright Thompson
stage directions by Justin Perkins
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 9
6th Floor Theater, EST
(The marching band art above is by Bruce Davenport, Jr., btw.)