Last night my short play "Desert Drinks" had it's debut at Lucid Stage for the Portfringe festival taking place all week. The process for the show was more experimental. I had Holly and Olivia, who starred in it, write letters to their older and younger versions of themselves and then took the letters and created a story from it with Las Vegas, the ultimate adult playground, as the backdrop for their encounter. I don't do much theater so the "fringe" aspect left me a lot of room to feel it out and really just work with character and story, as opposed to all the other things involved when making a film. Holly and Olivia were amazing and really funny.
Olivia Ruhlin, who's only 15, has been in many shows at Acorn Studios including the Young Actors Shakespeare Conservatory. Recently she was also in Seth Berner’s Bad Dog Barks.
Holly Nunan is a musician and writer in Portland who also writes a popular music blog at www.newzbythenunz.com
Starting this morning, she also does a segment on The Morning Report for Maine's Channel 6/NBC (click on photo)
Thank you to Holly and Olivia for making this so special! Thanks also to Kim Lyons for helping with the sign and taking photos and helping with all the other details, Deirdre Fulton and Michael Dix Thomas for helping create this festival with fellow Portland Theater Collaborative members and for making this a smooth ride, and Patrick Rioux and Joel Stetson for filming it! And thanks to everyone who came out to see the show!
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