20 August 2014
notes from Marc Peter
Don't know if I can put the journey of the past four months into words but I'm gonna give it a shot...
What started of as an idea sparked by a suggestion has turned into a pretty decent piece of theater and a trip over familiar yet freshly tilled ground. The first read through/performance in June called for long endurance—last Thursday's event was a time for letting go and moving into enjoyment.
The setting—my church parish hall—was friendly and filled with supportive short and longtime friends from many different parts of life. With the help of experience and my trusty muse the moments came and moved from one to the next and then...it was accomplished.
Acting, a part of my daily life for over thirty years, had moved well below the surface for the past ten. And although it is not surging the way it once was—these performing arts have returned as a friend to stand beside me and grant me opportunity to reach out, feel and taste—using senses, mind and heart... Now, I am reunited, loving and enjoying all the bits and pieces that have blessed me so often in the past.
A wonderful evening. Forty and a few lovely individuals in the seats with Van Lingle Mungo on the platform—holding forth for about an hour and twenty minutes. The cuts and revisions Jim and I had made after the first reading held together and so we are left with MUNGO! a play in one act.
Many thanks for the gracious and enthusiastic comments from those gathered—much love washed around that room...
Another step onto new ground is next—a search for a venue to mount a production of MUNGO! even as we send our offering to festivals and competitions around the land...and in the meantime—I am filled with gratitude. Overflowing. And looking forward...
Some comments from the August 14th Performance of MUNGO!
"As an avid fan of baseball dating back to the early 1950’s, you captured for me the essence of this great game that has long since passed."
" Watching your performance lifted my spirits and lightened my heavy heart."
"You did a great job! We are glad we came!"
"You blew me away! I am not a sports person, but you captivated me and I wanted to know who this person was..."
"What a fine bit of writing and acting!"
"I didn't have the chance to tell you how spectacular I thought you were last night. I was so swept away that honestly...
I didn't know it was you..."
"It was a combination of the writing and the performance."
"What an amazing experience having "Mungo" take us by our hands and walk with us thru some of his life experience.. "
"I wish I knew the words to describe the brilliant script...that blew the entire audience away. "
"I cannot wait to read the book, but want to experience more of this play!! "
"Thank you for such an extraordinary and delightful experience.. we were truly moved!!"
"I can't wait to see it again..."
"I'm still thinking about your show!!! Really good work..."
"I went home with a smile on my face, having watched a superb story teller."
" Thank you for inviting me to be a part of last night's show and I so look forward to your book later this year."
" Question: What happened to VL?"