I went mad this March and decided to put myself through an intensive workout regimen in collaboration with Pyscle, a spinning studio here in London. We decided to brand it a "Mansformation" -- the challenge was 30 spins in 30 days. (I forgot there are 31 days in March...) I tweeted about it and wrote weekly blogs that chronicled my experience. I even took before/after photos in my underwear. You can check out the blog posts here if you'd like.
But what does it have to do with playwriting???
- It's so easy to get stuck in the coffee/deadline/dark theatre mentality. One of my mentors, Ken Prestininzi, often speaks of writing from the body. Or as Suzan-Lori Parks says: "once before you die try dancing around while you write. It's the old world way of getting to the deep shit."
- The #Fitspo movement is a bit mad and fanatical. Ripe for study and immersion. Plays/TV forthcoming. Check out Nick Kroll as Tristofé on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Barter economy. I traded my writing for exercise. Where else can we engage a barter mentality to survive as theatre artists? I'm asking myself that as I navigate one of the most expensive cities in the world.