So, unexpectedly, a play i thought I had more time to develop needs to be done and awesome by next Wednesday. The play is about football (the American kind), so I am unexpectedly in the RED ZONE on this thing. It is CRUNCH TIME.
As you might have guessed from that last paragraph, I’m now trying to immerse myself in football language and lore (despite, at best, an intermediate level of understanding the sport). Literally, last night I was writing at a bar, and I asked the bartender which defensive position would be most likely to tackle a wide receiver. (The answer he gave me was corner back. I ran with it.)
What’s interesting about this, to me, is that the skills I’m applying to my deep dive into football culture feel very familiar, if slightly forced. That’s because they’re the exact same skills I’ve been developing since I was old enough to obsess over She-Ra: Princess of Power. Absorb media. Ask questions. Research. Absorb more media. Ask questions. Research. Repeat. This is when being a giant nerd comes in handy. I am harnessing my NERD POWER.
Hopefully, this play will work thanks to the fact that I’m coming to the subject matter as something of an outsider. Also, hopefully, the decision to write a play about football will actually be interesting to people, and not a keen misunderstanding of the audience that appreciates black box theater.
Get out of your head. Get back in the game. What did Michael Jordan think about when he made The Shot? “Nothing.”
(Yes. I know that Jordan was playing basketball.)