I was standing on my dad’s front lawn the other day, tossing some balls for my foster dog and chatting with a neighbor, when a guy walked up with a dog we recognized. This guy, however, wasn’t the dog’s parent. We got to talking, and it turned out he was visiting from out of town for a race, and he was also housesitting for my dad’s neighbor.
We got to talking, and I found out that he has a master’s degree in theater. Jackpot! I haven’t found a theater coach since I’ve been putting together my Up For Pups! presentation, so I was instantly grateful that my dogs had led me to the right place at the right time to meet Steven.
Steven and I have since discussed my first draft of my monologue and shared a delicious vegan meal. (My first vegan meal in a while, and it was great! Try Whole Foods’ field cakes – delicious!) He gave me some invaluable feedback, and I’ve since updated my manuscript to be called “Don’t Kill Bill: A Dog Lover’s Night Out.” The performance will entail an hour and 15 minutes of stories about rescued dogs from our books and my personal experience.
It’s funny how something very simple can be so profound. Steven said to me, “You don’t have to read the stories out of the books, just tell them.” Duh! Why didn’t I think of that! It will a) be much easier for me and b) be much more enjoyable for the audience. Go Steven!
Anyway, I feel like our get together really put me on track for the development of this show, and I’m thankful to Steven for his help. Dogs are a great ice breaker and always present opportunities to make new friends. I never would have met Steven if it hadn’t been for the dogs, so thanks, Bill and JayJay!
PS: Anyone want a dog? JayJay needs a home! He’s my very energetic foster dog would would be great for a family with pre-teen/teenage kids.