So, my script for Jacob Ouillette’s gallery opening, now called “Brooklyn Lighthouse,” is ready for rehearsal. We have a great director, Ramona Pula, who’s acted in two shows at LaMama, one of which was written and directed by my favorite dramaturg of all time, Joe Brady. She recently directed “Bubby’s Shadow,” which won the Midtown International Theatre Festival’s Outstanding Overall Production of a New Drama Play Award. She, Jacob and I met at the Gallery last night. There is Jacob, holding the door.
The previous show is over, and these photos are what we found. Jacob plans to starts painting today. And when I can get myself to go three blocks with the camera, it will record the installation process between now and October 10th.
It was so dark this afternoon, I was sure we were going to get serious weather. The Kentile sign seemed like it was glowing. But it all blew over. I know Gowanus Lounge could have gotten a better photo from the pool- I really miss it.
My work is influenced by paintings- it has been for years. And it’s always been a dream of mine to work on a play in conjunction with a living painter. And now I am.
I met Jacob Ouillette at the Edward F. Albee Foundation (aka The Barn) in 2003. He was a great fellow Fellow; we spent many happy hours going to the beach in his truck for afternoon work breaks, and hanging out and playing poker (I lack poker skills) after dinner. Two of his paintings (a water color of Gays Head and an oil of a sunset of the ocean) hang in my living room.
We lost track of each other for a few years, and recently via Google found each other again. Jacob is having a show in a gallery in my neighborhood which opens October 10th. The show is called “Painted Space,” and it’s at the Open Space Gallery (255 17th Street, Brooklyn NY). The painting above is reminiscent of what the installation will be.
So one night, Jacob, my boyfriend and I out went out for dinner. We were talking about the installation, and decided that if I wrote a play for the opening, that would be a cool thing. I’ve written the play, called “Brooklyn Lighthouse,” and have a meeting with the director on Monday. The link above is to Jacob’s website.
The play will be performed during the opening on October 10, 7:00-10:00 PM. More details to follow.
For more information about Carole Lombard (Lubitsch directed her final film, “To Be or Not To Be,” the stage version of which is about to start previews in New York), check out Vincent Paterno’s site: http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/ He very kindly forwarded it to me while I was in Italy. There’s even info about Clark Gable and Loretta Young’s love child! Not to mention some great golden age Hollywood photos.
This is what I see out my livingroom window. Sums things up, some how. I thoughtlessly didn't credit the photographer on my original posting of this photo. It's vaduzuvunt from the Gowanus Lounge Flickr Pool. Always happy to plug gowanuslounge.com