Rookie of the Year?

I found out last week I’d been nominated as Rookie of the Year for my new softball league. Which isn’t something you expect to hear when you’re deep into your late-late-late-30s, but it’s a real honor and I’m excited to tell my middle-school MVP son about it.

In other related news, our softball team played a tournament last weekend and came in 2nd place. Which means… we’ve been invited to the World Series of Softball (I know, Big Deal) in Kansas City in September.

It’s a tournament more than a series between two teams, so we go there to try and win a bunch of games in a row. It seems like a pretty great, unique opportunity that I may never have again, so I’m going to see if I can make it work. Always wanted to spend more time in Kansas City after stopping there on an Amtrak train for half a day when I was 23 on my way to New York.

If I go, I’ll want to write about the experience. So save your pennies for pre-ordering that best seller of a book.

Play ball!

Rebecca’s Hope Chest (reading) on May 19th

So I’ve got this one-act (60-70 minutes) comedy I’ve been sitting on for a while, and ScriptWorks is going to host a reading of it with some wonderful actors on Sunday, May 19th, at 6:30pm at Hyde Park Theatre.

It’s free, open to the public, there will be wine and snacks, AND the piece is funny. At least when I read it to myself I snicker a bit. Little laughs out loud (llol), that’s how you know it’s working.

Anyway, I’ll at least amuse myself. My main goals are to:

  • Gauge reaction
  • See how people feel about the way I handle gender issues
  • Get a sense for whether it’s something that’s produceable down the line
  • Drink wine and snacks

I might have a link to post with more info in a bit, but here’s an initial blurb I put together:

On the heels of a difficult breakup, Rebecca decides to hit the road to visit–and reconnect with–three boyfriends from her past (one from kindergarten, one from middle school and one from college). It’s a bumpy ride, but a teacher from long ago provides a comfortable lesson along the way.

Gliders Poster Drafts

Been helping to co-produce a new work at Trinity Theatre with local writer Rita Anderson. The piece, GLIDERS, is about three generations of women who begin to uncover family secrets right as the Apollo 11 mission to the moon is making headlines in 1969. The timing for the production coincides with the 50th anniversary of that launch.

Ryan came up with some sketches for the poster, and I like #2, 3 and 5 in particular.

Waiting for a few more details on this one which is slated to go up late this year or early 2020…

Ultimate Encouragement

My kid had a short season of Ultimate Frisbee this past month, following his first breathless season of middle school basketball.

I played some Ultimate in college so have a taste for the game and its relatively easy-going nature.

Still, seeing that at the end every game all the kids get in a circle and individually say something encouraging and positive to a member of the other team was pretty eye-opening. This is a big step up from just shaking hands with the other team after a victory or defeat.

I kind of loved it, even though a lot of the comments were stuff like “You were pretty fast” or “You seemed like you never gave up” or “You had a good attitude even when we kicked your ass.”

(that last one wasn’t verbatim)

Anyway, good sport, good times, good kids.

Out of Ink Next Two Weekends (innards edition!)

My kids and I attended the preview for the latest installment of Out of Ink last night and had a great time.

My piece (EMPOWERMENT) is sort of a horror office comedy and I really like it a lot, though there have been some technical challenges along the way, so I was really interested to see where they’d gotten to with it.

This is one of the actor notes the director sent out just yesterday morning:

…Tony/Karina to help clean up innards when it makes sense

Yep. You think it’d be common sense, but you should never clean up innards when it doesn’t make sense.

Anyway, I’ll be going again at least one more time to see how things evolve. It’s a fun, quality show with great actors and a terrific crew.

Tickets HERE.

Things to Look Back on When I’m 90

A couple of things for future (and present) posterity:

1) I stumbled on this photo someone took of me in Amsterdam when I was in my mid-20s, roughly 10 years older than my son is now. Quite the expression, Mr. Langert (and you’re looking a bit swarthy). Hair’s a bit longer and the stubble’s a bit darker, but not too unrecognizable from the current me.

2) While I can still brag about it, I just want to point out that I have the best batting average on my softball team right now (.600) with the third best slugging percentage after Marco and Alfred. This despite the fact that I’m one of the older guys on the team. Not bad, not bad. Let’s see if you can keep it up…

(that’s all; also, my back is being jerky again so I’m trying to give myself a boost)

May 29th: An Evening of Light

I’ve been tossing this benefit idea around with my friend Raul the last year or two, He’s on the board of VELA Families and has invited me to a couple of their annual galas.

The organization is great, doing wonderful things for families who don’t necessarily have the resources to know what’s available for their special-needs kids.

Since I’m practically an old pro at this benefit production stuff, I figured I could help pull something together.

It’ll be on Wednesday, May 29th at Ground Floor Theatre (same place we had the benefit last year).

So far we’ve got:

  • A photographer
  • A couple of musicians
  • A couple of comedians
  • A poet
  • A couple of storytellers
  • A raffle-basket-in-progress
  • A few very excited folks from VELA who are going to help us publicize and fill seats

Trying to project manage this one a little more efficiently than last time.

Hope to have a site for tickets up in the next 2-3 weeks. Would love to see you there!

(more to come, obvi…)

Highs and Lows

Spent last weekend at a softball tournament in Houston (my personal photographer followed me around).

It was a good experience overall. The team got to do a lot of bonding and we learned more about each other, which will help us out on the field.

We lost more games than we won, and the ups and downs of the tournament provided a lot of emotional highs and lows. Obviously the wins feel good, while the losses take the wind out of you. The last game in particular was a tough one for us and we all felt pretty dejected afterward.

It made me think about how these ups and downs are a regular part of my life. Playwriting is like this. You get a production or a good review and that feels great. You get a rejection or a bad review and it can feel like a punch to the gut.

I guess I like these events in the big picture because they make me feel things, which reminds me I’m alive (or something?). I’m also a competitor by nature and yearn for that desire to win or do well, despite the drawbacks when I don’t.

That’s all. I didn’t expect to get as much out of the tournament as I did, and I’m even taking notes for a potential short film or play about it. We’ve got a lot of real characters on the team which would make for some entertaining viewing. Do we need another movie about baseball/softball? Oh yeah, I think we do. Just gotta come up with a good title.

(and yes, our name is The Ball’rz; good gravy, maybe that’s the title right there)