Taking the night off to work on Dreamland Tonight

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If Dreamland Tonight isn’t on your schedule yet, you’d better add it. It’s shaping up to be one hell of a show… Or, at least it looks good on paper. I have no idea how things will go on Friday night, though… Anyway, I’m going to hang up my tattered blogging leotard for the evening, and focus on the script. There’s still a hell of a lot of work to be done… Speaking of which, if anyone has a portable close-circuit television system that they’d be willing to lend us for an evening, it would be a huge help. (As it is, I’ve got no way, from where I’ll be sequestered at show time, to see what’s transpiring on the stage, and I think that could be a huge problem.)

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27 Comments

  1. Posted February 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and we want for people to bring their tiny pets with them to the show.

  2. Ted
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Please, please, please tell me that there’s going to be small animal sacrifice!

  3. Alice
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    If you made the puppet mark character blind, then he wouldn’t be expected to react to the non-audible stuff going on around him.

  4. Ed
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    I’m not suggesting that it’s something that I’d like to see, but are puppets allowed to perform sex acts on stage?

  5. Gloria Fleeton
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Ed. What do you think the tiny animals are for?

  6. dragon
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    You will have to live with the shame of being ‘unfriended’ by Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

  7. Ed
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I’m imagining a whole “Sacrifice or Soup” segment where audience members hold us their pets and then we all vote to either make soup with them, or sacrifice them to the gods.

  8. Joe Cooter
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    How tiny is tiny? Are we talking ants, lizards, chickens, kick-me dogs…??

  9. Kim
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Everyone! Bring you Surnam toads!

  10. Ale Roka
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Cooter. You better keep your chickens away from my talking ants.

  11. Kristen Cuhran
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I must have missed it- but what time on Friday?

  12. Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s this Friday, at 7:00. And, yes, we’ll be cooking the tiny pets.

  13. Time for Timer
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    The dreamland theater website says it is at 8:00. You say 7:00. Which is it?

  14. Kevin
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Doors open at 7:00. Show begins at 8:00.

  15. Robert
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    When you said “Dreamland Tonight” I thought you meant last night, so I showed up there hoping to see you before you become a big star.

    Then, while standing out there on the sidewalk in front of the place, three dudes jumped me and hog tied me. They threw me in the back seat of my car and then drove me around all night while they used my cell phone and credit cards. They stopped at a few places and robbed and raped people, some of whom were apparently soldiers and marines. Those people in Ypsi just don’t give a fuck. Thanks a lot, Mark.

  16. Erich Auerbach
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Robert, are you embarrassed that your American Express card was refused at Zingermans?

  17. Robert
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Erich, that’s why I didn’t report the whole thing to the police and why you didn’t see any of it on the news. Anybody who’s ever drove through or near Ypsilanti knows what I’m talking about.

  18. Bikkstah
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I once worked in Ypsilanti, and I believe every word of Robert’s Dreamland story. Stuff like that happens all the time, it just doesn’t get reported.

  19. Erich Auerbach
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Your Pantera hoodie fits me nicely.

  20. Posted February 25, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    ” if anyone has a portable close-circuit television system that they’d be willing to lend us for an evening”

    Mark Maynard you slay me! Who would have one of those? Does a portable one even exist? Well if anyone can get one as a loaner it’s you!

  21. roots
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to attend tomorrow night!

  22. Woody Lefurge
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    if anyone has a portable close-circuit television system that they’d be willing to lend us for an evening

    Have you thought about using a couple Web cams? You could both watch what is happening and also broadcast your pained expressions live to viewers.

  23. Lacy
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great idea Woody. We could watch the real Mark and the puppet Mark at the same time and at the end of the show, the audience could vote on which one appeared more life-like.

  24. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    So, I had to work tonight. I’ll be kind of unhappy if there is no video replay.

  25. Dan Blades
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    The show was outstanding Mark. You’ve really raised the bar. If you or anyone else would like to add photos or video of this event to the dreamland website, I would love to put them up. email me danblades at hotmail dot com

  26. Leslie from A2
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow! That was so much fun. I might have not gotten all the local jokes (like why does the previous mayor have a crush on Mark?) but I was smiling ear to ear the whole time. The thing that was the sweetest wasn’t even, for me, the great show (I snorted during the ad lib parts) but the crowd of people who stood (standing room only, ya’ll) to see it and laugh outloud together. It was great the mayor came and was such a good sport about his son’s booty call. Can’t imagine many other places that happening. It seemed like half performance art and half a family Thanksgiving party (in the kind of family we all wished we had with cute kids, grandparent types, cool and crazy cousins and cuddly pets to boot). You’ve got a strange, lovable little community there. May the puppet police protect you all!

    P.S. Did she really get the tattoo?

  27. Posted February 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I just answered your question on the front page, Leslie.

    And, Dan, I’d love to get the video up online. I hope to have everything for you in about a week or so.

    Oh, and I wanted to point out that the Mayor referenced in Leslie’s note – the one that had a crush on me – was not Pete Murdock.

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