Before he was a powerhouse playwright hyphenate, Craig Lucas was a chorus boy in Stephen Sondheims Sweeney Todd. In 1981, with director Norman René, he conceived of a libretto consisting only of stage directions with songs from Sondheims trunk to create Marry Me A Little, a story of two people alone on a Saturday night, yearning for connection, just a floor apart.
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by Crystal Skillman
Episode Two: London-Town, UK!
The theater-doing scene in London boils down to one story for me. Waiting for a red bus on my way to a rehearsal of my play Birthday, which was receiving its U.K. Premiere, two women in their mid-20s were talking about what was going on at the Nationala show which they had seen separately. One liked the play, one didnt.
Its March, its cold out, and Ive been in a filthy East Village basement for a week. Water stains line the walls. The lights leak when it rains. Theres a stench from the alley. And theres a mess of trash everywhere. Admittedly, Ive been adding to the garbage every morning with old clothes and books I find at friends apartments.