We pick up my moments of oh-kay in July 2010. This was one of the better months, thanks to a little trip to Minneapolis, where I visited with my friends Josh and Tom, posed with bronze sculpture versions of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and other Peanuts characters, and saw Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie Theatre. Loved the city, especially its cool indie scene, clean streets and beautiful lakes. There was no better way to say, "Happy Birthday America."
August wasn't as cool as July, but I did enjoy several days of lounging in the sun of Brighton Beach and Jersey Shore. I drank a shit ton, and while drunk and dressed as George Michael alla Wham, I found out that my one-act play, Smiles to Saturn, was going to be produced Off-Off Broadway, marking two productions in one year. Plus, Recovery was honored with two Planet Connections Awards, and I got to make an emotional speech that made people cheer and cry.
September was a pretty quiet month, mostly getting ready for my big trip to Europe, and starting rehearsals for Smiles to Saturn. It was one of those months that went away quietly, with maybe a few emotional blow ups here and there.
October was a bittersweet month. Europe was a blast (see my previous blog entries for more details) and one of the best trips I have ever taken. But when I returned, I had to pack up and leave my apartment in Brooklyn, and New York City. I moved to Stamford, CT, where I now have a room (and office!) overlooking a roaring river. Often, I feel like I am in rehab--only with plenty of wine readily available. Plus, I'm still in the city more often than not.
November was highlighted by Smiles to Saturn at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Two of the three nights were sold-out and the play was very well-recieved. My parents and a lot of close friends came, and that was awesome. I loved earning a reputation as a playwright who sells out theaters, and hope it leads to more.
December has been a quiet month for the most part, lots of holiday celebrating, and trying to figure out what will come in 2011. Regardless of still being unemployed, I look back at this time last year and realize how miserable I was. So, I'm way more content with my current state of affairs. Happy, even. Last week, a friend of mine asked me to sum up the year with one word. I answered, "unpredictable." And regardless of what 2011 offers, I hope its equally so.
Thanks for sharing my thoughts in 2010. Happy Holidays!
Mark Jason Williams
I find trouble wherever I go