I met with a representative from Meridian Artists this morning in a coffee shop on Queen Street East. It was a great conversation and I got all kinds of good advice. She told me that I’m doing the right things with my writing career, and she’ll put my ‘Highwaymen’ script on their reading list. Getting an agent is kind of necessary in this town. I phone up development execs at production companies and the first question out their mouth is, “are you represented?”
If ‘Highwaymen’ goes forward, representation won’t be that high a priority because I’ll be up to my eyebrows in work. Even now, my wheels are turning in anticipation of what needs to be done. I had a pleasant phone conversation with Jim Barker, GM of the Toronto Argonauts today. He’s agreeable to sitting down with me in late February to tell me some old war stories. I put a similar call into the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Getting both those teams to endorse the idea ahead of my meeting with the CFL will be NOT a bad thing.
I’m on my third coffee shop of the day. After my meeting this morning, I drove to Roncy’s Bean for a bit of ‘me’ time. It’s quieter (and the internet was working). From there I made more contacts with other agencies. Talked to a few and sent my ‘Highwaymen’ script off. After a few hours I ran some errands and now I’m sitting in Urbana, my other favourite coffee shop in Toronto. I’m meeting a friend shortly and we’ll see what sort of adventure we can find this evening.
Speaking of adventure, Leach scored free tickets to ‘Cruel and Tender’, a play directed by Academy nominated director, Atom Egoyan. The Canadian Stage Company has been promoting the hell out of it, and when Leach asked me if I wanted to go, I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately it wasn’t very good. The script is an adaptation of a Greek Tragedy, and it could have used more work. Most of the story takes place offstage. Most of the characters onstage, weren’t in conflict with each other. They just kept musing about the happenings offstage. Long speeches. Awkward blocking. Unclear objectives. The playwright rested a little too much on his laurels, and not enough on solid story design.
I realize I sound like a snob. I also realize that my experience is limited to classical arc-plot design. I’m not even sure if that’s the proper term. As Robert McKee says, there are many examples of anti-plot masterpieces. I’m just not sure this was one of them.