Last spring I attended PYGmalion Theatre Company's production of Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY and their pre-show announcement included a mention that they had only selected 2 of their usual 3 shows for the next season. So on a whim, I emailed their artistic director, attaching a copy of SWEETHEART COME. SWEETHEART is a story that has grown very dear to me over the four or so years I've been working on it, and I've wanted so badly to see it produced. I figure so much out during rehearsal. And I've got a lot of good responses to the play, at the same time that no one has committed to producing it.
A couple of weeks after my initial email, I got a response from Fran Pruyn (PYG's artistic director). She said everyone on the board had read the play and loved it (when has that ever happened to me???) but they had concerns about the budget to put the show up. I met Fran for lunch and we talked about workshopping the play (which I have been wanting to do anyway) and working with a director to figure out a way to do the show without crazy amounts of set. She agreed to the workshop, which would culminate in a staged reading, as well as to the possibility of producing the show not on this season but on next.
Well, tonight I attended PYG's biannual fundraiser WHEN PYGS FLY. And as part of the plug for their next show, Fran announced the reading of SWEETHEART next month. She also announced, from the podium and in front of an audience, that SWEETHEART would be produced next season! I'm just excited. I love and adore this play. I think it has some of my best stuff—the kind of stuff actors love to sink their teeth into. It's been a little heartbreaking to send it out so many places and not have it get in anywhere for development, let alone production. I'm so glad it will finally happen, and I hope there are more shows to come.