Remember back in 2016 when I rewrote/adapted the fifth-season Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “The Gift” in the style of a Shakespearean tragedy called Summers’ Fall?
Well, I wrote it and posted it online, and then I didn’t think much more about it. It was just a fun, weird personal project.
Fast-forward to August 30 this year, when I got an email from a guy in New Orleans who runs a group called the NonProphet Theatre Company (South Division). They wanted to perform my play at the InFringe Festival, as part of a larger program they’re calling “Shakespeare Teevee” — it also includes iambic-pentameter adaptations of an episode of Friends and an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Would I consider giving them permission?
This was a bit like asking a trick-or-treating kid if he’ll consider accepting some Halloween candy. After several
hours seconds of deliberation, I said yes. I have emphatically never had one of my plays performed before. Also: “my plays” is a set consisting of one element, the aforementioned Buffy tragedy. So, yeah, I’m excited.
How excited? I’ve booked a flight to New Orleans to see it in person. So I’ll let you know how it goes!
Do you think I can add this to my resume?
This is pretty amazing. I guess it’s really true that if you put stuff up on the internet you can never really tell what adventures it will have.
Yeah, it’s kind of wild!