Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Sedona, Arizona 1

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In 1996, after David died, Paul put on his first monologue show, "Morbid Self-Attention," where he charged his friends to come to the theatre and listen to him talk about is favorite subject:  himself and what he had been feeling since David's death.

There were other monologue shows and the last was Sedona, Arizona, Paul's search for spirituality.  There are mixed feelings among the family about these shows, but the one thing that is undeniable--the kid knew how to reach an audience.  There was a lot of Spalding Gray in him.

Sedona had wonderful response from everyone who saw it.  It is funny, sad, emotional, powerful.  You laugh one minute and cry another. 

The response to Sedona was so positive that Paul decided to film it and try to market it.  He did the show for an audience and filmed it and the plan was to add music in between the various segments of the show.   In fact, the morning of his death, he had called band members to set up a recording session to work on the music for the show.

Well, Paul never had a chance to try to market Sedona, Arizona but now that I have it on DVD, I decided to post it on the Internet.   There are 8 different segments and I'm going to post one segment a day.  I think the first one is the weakest, the 5th one is the most emotional.  But the whole thing is still very good and each segment runs from 5 to 10 minutes in length. 

So today, I'm posting Sedona, Arizona, Part 1, in which Paul discusses barbershops and introduces his search for spirituality.

1 comment:

Desertnut said...

I think this is great that you were able to digitized Paul's first monologue show. What a wonderful tribute you've done for your son. I'm sure he would have been so proud of you. This shows how much you loved him as a mother.

Bev, you are so incredibly talented in your writing and vlogging....I can see where Paul got his wittiness.

Looking forward to see the rest of his show!