I Got Great News

First off, thanks to all of you who are reading my blog and passing it on to your friends. It feels great to be sharing the triumphs and tragedies with so many cool people.
As many of you know, I’ve been working for a while to get “The Eyes of Babylon” to New York.  Until now, it’s just seemed like we hit one roadblock after another when it came to a NYC run. Maybe the Universe/God was just waiting for the timing to be right. I’ve long felt that the beautiful 59E59 Theatres (on E 59th between Park and Madision) would be a perfect home for my baby. Well it finally happened. This week I got an email for Elysabeth Kleinhans, the Artistic Director for 59E59 inviting us to the “Americas Off-Broadway” festival in the Spring. That means that we’ll have a three or four week run in April, May or June. Off course there’s always the possibility that the show will get picked up for a longer run but even this limited engagement run is… well, to put it mildly, a dream come true.
We’ve got a lot to do to make sure the show is at it’s very best for the run.  Yes, we’ve got a little time but I want to pretend it’s next week so… no more smoking potting soil, no more eating shitty foods, I’m going back to Crossfit Monday and I’m going to be spending a LOT of time with my script and with the director, producer, and all the technical magicians that make me look good up there.  I also have to make sure that I’m emotionally and spiritually fit as well.  I’ll be a very busy boy over the next few months!  I plan to keep my job at the elementary school until I have to leave for New York.  Even though I was already VERY busy, the job at the school seems to ground me and I’ve fallen in love with the kids.
I can hardly believe that my play, those words I wrote in the deserts of Iraq, is going to be in New York.  Gosh, I wish that little sensitive, creative 12 year-old version of me could have known.  It would have made life easier.  But who knows, I might not have made it here.  My pain has been an important part of my path.  I’m grateful for it.

Thanks to all of you who’ve been keeping us in your good thoughts and prayers. It’s finally paid off.
When we find out our definite dates, I’ll pass them on. See you in New York, baby!

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