The Dating Project in July

Summer Break Theatre is producing this new (dripping, hot off the presses) comedy of mine in the second half of July at Hyde Park Theatre.

We had auditions earlier this week and I think things are lining up well. It’ll run two weeks, opening July 17th.

A little background on this one, because it’s not how I usually write plays…

I was commissioned to write a piece about “dating in your 40s” back in 2018, which is when I started to write it. Given that premise — and armed with stories from friends about the awkwardness of dating at ANY age, really — I decided to feature a Project Manager as the lead. She decides to take the skills she’s honed over 20 years in business project management and leverage them against meeting new people online.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time project managing for various companies, and I’ve always found that job title pretty vague and uninformative – and about as dull as you can get as a descriptor (though, fair enough, I’m biased).

So the concept of mixing an emotional personal life with a cold business focus amuses me.

Anyway, the play didn’t get finished in 2018, and I thought it might just sit on the old Incomplete Pile. But as we started emerging from the pandemic (at least as we started to venture into theaters again) I was asked if I could complete it for the troupe. And I BASICALLY have (though I’m likely going to be making tweaks right up until curtain time).

This is going to be a fun one, a fast-paced, simple-to-stage comedy with four actors playing multiple parts. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope you come out and see it. I’ll buy you a beer if you do (and I’ll even tell you more about my job experience to help put you to sleep before you head home).

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