Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Week Five, Day Thirty - "Termination "

Written by Joe Janes
30 of 365


(Lights up on Eleanor entering Cliff’s office.)

You wanted to see me, Cliff?

Yes, Eleanor. Things being how they are, I’m afraid I have to let you go.

But we’ve only been married two weeks.

(He points to the door. She starts to exit. Lights fade.)


Wednesday night (most likely TONIGHT by the time you read this) is the final 826 Moustache-A-Thon event. Big shout out to Team Elwell, Lori Letterhos, Andrew Ettenhoffer and Andy Poland for adding themselves to my elite list of contributors sponsoring Zed and me. If you're in Chicago, the Moustache-A-Thon wraps up at The Globe Pub near the Irving Park brownline stop starting at 7:30pm. It's free to join us and many prizes will be given to hairy and non-hairy people alike.And it's not too late to bolster Zed's self-esteem with your donation by clicking HERE.


So, I'm directing a play about baseball and the media. We had auditions on Sunday and Monday, and I was absolutely blown away by the level of talent wanting to come play with us. We could have cast this show several different ways without a single compromise in quality. I sincerely wish I could have cast everyone. A big thank you to everyone who turned out. You'll hear more about this project as we get closer to the show dates in May.


Holy mother of God, go see this play. One of the best written plays I have seen in awhile. And certainly well done. It's at the Steppenwolf.


Chris Othic said...

I think there was something wrong with the formatting of your sketch. Somehow the words "Sad Trombone" got cut off at the very end of it!

I agree 100% on the Seafarer. Definitely worth seeing. I'm going to go read some more of Martin McDonough's, sorry, Sean O'Casey's, sorry again, I mean Conor McPherson's scripts soon.

idjar said...

In hindsight, I wish I had had the foresight to have made the same difficult decision(s) as Cliff.

These skits are quite easy to envision being staged and thrown at an audience.

Joe Janes said...

I think all blackouts should end with either sad trombone music or a Benny Hill-style chase scene.

Anonymous said...

Or the woman's maniacal laugh from an earlier scene!


Jeannie said...

Agree on the SeaFarer although I did not like the ending, I think he kind of copped out on it or couldn't decide how to end it...
But I really LOVE how Steppenwolf encourages the audience to talk about the play afterwords......
Good luck to Zed tonight

Paul said...

Congrats on 30, yo.

Paul said...

Also: Eleanor Cliff? Like, the featured hackysack on the MacLaughlin Group?

Joe Janes said...

I thought those two names together sounded familiar!

Cassandra said...

That was great!