Okay. Point 1. When I decided that blogging the process of workshopping 'Canopic Jars' was a good idea, I was wrong. Not cause it's NOT a good idea, it is, but I truly suck at it. Enough on that.
Point 2. The Canopic Jar of My Sins is getting it's first Minneapolis public reading at Veggie Stock THIS SUMMER! Remember when I said it was going to be 2017...I guess I lied. Whoops. That just means you get a new Justin Maxwell play sooner. Yeah for you!
Justin has been writing like a crazy man, which he very well may be. A few weeks ago Justin sent us a new draft of Canopic Jars....a hefty 117 pages! Snap Dragon thats long!
I don't know if its the longest play of Justin's, but I have heard him say...
"...this may be the best things I've ever written."
Having read a lot of his plays (I have his book) that's saying something! - SPEAKING OF HIS BOOK! Justin put together a collection of his plays and published it! Its called: A BLIND HORSE DREAMS OF HIPPOCAMPI. GET YOURS HERE -> JUSTIN'S BOOK!
But in all seriousness, which I know you completely expect out of this crap shoot of a blog, The Canopic Jars of My Sins, is maybe one of the most complex, interesting, smart, absurd, grounded, and thoughtful scripts I've read in a long time and because of Meg DiSciorio, I read a lot of scripts.
I urge you, if you are in Minneapolis and have nothing to do the evening of Aug 26th or 27th at 6:30pm, I highly suggest coming out to Veggie Stock and hearing this play. You'll get a change to speak with and to Justin about it....HE'S GOING TO BE THERE!!! and help us craft what may be his best work yet. We have put together a killer cast: Our VERY own Meg DiSciorio, Addie Phelps, Marika Proctor and yours truly...me, Bryan Grosso....did you know know I wrote this...SURPRISE!
Having had the honor of being in Outopia in 2013, I know how incredible and challenging working on Justin's scripts can be, and I cant believe I get to a) help workshop this new one and b) READ it in public. OKAY this is a lot of me gushing, I'm done, I just have so many feelings....