The Roses on the Rocks
It’s tragic when a theatre that has put on wonderful work for over a decade closes. I have no ill will toward Manhattan Theatre Source. But the timing of my production was unfortunate. They could no longer afford to pay the artistic director who was in charge of producing my play. He left.
We were rehearsing in another space at the time. When we returned to the theatre for the final rehearsals, we discovered that the newspaper ads weren’t placed. The newspaper reviewers were never notified. Every deadline had past. The person volunteering as the new artistic director was never informed that the theatre was producing my play.
I had to run around like crazy at the last minute to try to find an audience. There was a poster and a production. An online reviewer and blogger attended. The actors were amazing. But Roses on the Rocks still hasn’t had a true world premiere.
I feel like this play is my abandoned child. It was up to me to find a new home for it. And I didn’t. I went on to other things. One day I want to pick it up again and do something with it in some form. The material came straight from my heart, and it’s haunting me. Here are the online review and blog entry about the Roses on the Rocks production at Manhattan Theatre Source: