Putting it Together is my Monday “artist talking about art stuff blog”. The title comes from “Sunday in the Park with George,” the best (and possibly only) musical that is entirely dedicated to an artist talking about his art. Is that pretentious enough?
Sometimes you get exactly what you want and then you realize all the reasons you may not have wanted it.
The Minnesota Fringe Festival does a big fundraiser every year wherein they invite five producers to write one fifth of a familiar pop culture property. When it comes to writing comedy, pop culture parody is kind of my wheelhouse. I have been super hopeful that someday I would be asked to write a fifth because that’s my thing!
So this year, I’ve been asked to write a fifth. And when I got asked I was really excited and happy because, as I said, this is completely my thing!
The movie in question is The Shining and I love The Shining. Not in a crazy Room 237 kind of way, you understand. It is a great film that offers so many exciting possibilities for satire. Some of which haven’t even been featured on “The Simpsons!”
Many of which I can squeeze into the fifteen minutes that shall be mine to bend to my will!
What happens after that initial excitement about what I get to do, however, is the realization that I just agreed to actually do it. Then the doubt creeps in.