What’s Happening with Wendy, Update #2

May 3, 2012

Since we last checked in with Wendy, she took a short trip to Charleston South Carolina, attended the opening of Robin Hood here at the Arden, and sent about 100 pages of the script of her new play to Ed Sobel. Ed heads The Writers’ Room program and will direct Wendy’s play this summer.

Will Wendy's characters encounter wolves?

In these early pages, Wendy sends some characters camping. If one decides to head back alone,would there be danger of wolves? She found this site about gray wolves in the wild of Utah.

In search of a title for the play, Wendy is researching a classification of film called “Women in Jeopardy,” which focus on a woman put into peril by a crime, and her struggle to overcome or outwit her perpetrator. (Here’s a list of movies that fall into this category.)
Wendy is debating between calling the play “Women in Jeop” or “Women in Jep.” “I’d be inclined to go with the latter title,” Wendy says, “So that nobody thinks the word is pronounced GEE-OP.”

So to add to the dentist and the migrant birds we learned about last week, the play now has some women in peril, potentially from wolves. Next week, Wendy will meet the Inside the Writers’ Room passholders and hold auditions for the play. We’ll have more to report then!

Wendy has also been taking classes at Dhyana Yoga Old City branch, down the street from the Arden. “Before my first class with the famously tough Noelle, I heard a man describing his first class with her. Apparently he lasted 20 minutes and then had to go out to the sidewalk to throw up. This made me tremble. But afterwards I felt this huge sense of accomplishment just for making it through the class.” For a more mellow, but still challenging, yoga experience, she highly recommends Gina’s Anusara-inspired classes and Jason’s Beginning Yoga class. “But dress in lightweight clothing. They seem to believe in the healing powers of humidity over there.”

What Wendy Saw: Robin Hood
“The best part about Robin Hood was watching children’s theater with GOOD ACTING (as opposed to the emphatic, insincere, condescending children’s theater acting I’d seen elsewhere). The second best part was watching the children as they watched the play—it did my heart good to know I was looking at future theatre-goers. The third best part was the question and answer period afterwards when a little girl wanted to know where the swings went.”

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