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H&H Where Eagles Roar (Dropbox link)
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A bit of context
What is this?
This is a Humans & Households project I began in the summer of 2020. I didn’t know what it would be about or what form it would wind up in—does it want to be a series or a feature?—but I’ve learned to trust the Muse and pay attention when she starts chattering.
Why are you releasing the script?
Three reasons. First, it’s unproducible. It’s too long for a feature, too short for a series, and it’s well beyond the budgets we’ve been able to raise.
Second, it’s topical. Topical comedy has a shelf life. If you need proof, go watch an episode of SNL from 2014 and see how well those ice bucket challenge jokes hit now. It took two years to write this project, and we’re already an election cycle past the events it depicts. It would take another two to three to produce this sucker, and by then the events would be well in the collective rearview. People have short memories.
And third, I need a sense of completion. I need to tick the “done” box in my brain, and short of producing it, sharing it with all of you fulfills that need. This was the last project I was working on before Camille died and the first I resumed after she had passed. Working on it got me through those raw months, helped me climb out of the smoldering crater of our lives. It’s a project I could never abandon. I had to complete it in some form.
Why Creative Commons?
Why not? The purpose of a story is to be told, and I have no further plans for this one. Have fun with it.
Who would you have cast?
Uh uh. No way. Not answering that.
Aw, come on. Please?
No. It’s not fair to the actors. You’re not supposed to write with people in mind. Besides, someone always comes along in auditions and blows my socks off. Precasting is taboo.
Alright, FINE. Yes, I write with people in mind, but that’s just so I can better see the characters evolve, but the note about auditions still stands. These roles would have been anyone’s to win. But if I had to cast it right now, sans auditions––
—then here’s who you’d see in the leads.
The Mystic – Lisa Coronado
Thrumbiid / Pax – Nathaniel Kiss
Krux / Lily – Helen Roundhill
Ulmaraen / Dr. Scrubbs – Abie Ekenezar
Shank / Tanner – Brian S. Lewis
Flagstorm – Scott C. Brown
Skullbro – Christian Doyle
Carlson – Nathan Rice
Olympia – Carol Roscoe