Believe, Simply Believe: The Splendor in Midland moves forward January 6, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> Lit Between the Ears, Volume Two, >> News, >> Playwriting.
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Progress has been made in developing The Splendor in Midland from the excerpt debuted in Lit Between the Ears, Volume One ( http://Volume-One.TwoPlusPlus.com ) to a finished play. Inspired by, and interpreted from, Booth Tarkington’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel titled The Magnificient Ambersons, The Splendor in Midland tells the stories of the diverging fortunes of the Ambersons, Minafers, and Morgans.
The Splendor, Act One will be included in William E. Spear’s anthology titled Lit Between the Ears, Volume Two: Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Delights scheduled for release on October 1, 2009.
“Although our second book contains more original material and less adaptations, The Splendor in Midland holds a special place in our [Two Plus Plus Productions'] efforts,” says Spear. “Tarkington’s novel is accessible and Orson Welles’ intriguing movie from 1942 compelled us to offer our own version.”
October 1, 2009 -
Believe, Simply Believe
Further details on The Splendor in Midland and Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Delights will be presented as part of the Believe, Simply Believe campaign leading up to the October 1, 2009 release.
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October 1, 2009 – Believe, Simply Believe January 1, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> Lit Between the Ears, Volume Two, >> News.
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To the readers of Lit Between the Ears, welcome to 2009. This is the third year we’ve been celebrating the People and Power of Dramatic Audio. Since starting the publication in July of 2006, we’ve had the pleasure of talking with people telling great stories with, or through, sound.
We’re excited to start the year with news about us – on October 1, 2009, “Lit Between the Ears, Volume Two: Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Delights” will be released. As with “Volume One: Chekhov, O. Henry, Spear and Tarkington On the Air”, Volume Two will be an antholgy of our writing.
However, unlike our first book, Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Delights will be mostly original works. One of the few adaptations will be the work-in-progress “Splendor in Midland” inspired by Booth Tarkington’s “The Magnificent Ambersons”.
Also, there will some short stories in the volume. Admittedly, the stories will most likely be adapted to radio, but they are starting their entertainment lives as shorts.
We will be announcing through this publication events, milestones, and news related to the book. Further, and in the very near future, the titles and synopses of the stories to be included will be posted.
In closing, thanks is offered to three friends collectively, and annonymously, known as the Inspiration Committee. Two Plus Plus Productions was struggling with commitments preventing us from investing the time and energy required for a second book. But the members of the Inspiration Committee cleared paths not previously seen.
One helped break the three-year mental logjam over how to move Georgie Amberson Minafer from Tarkington’s post-Civil War novel, “The Magnificent Ambersons”, to the contemporary settings of “The Splendor in Midland”. Her insights to Georgie’s character, which came through a gift of a capella Christmas songs from the singing group Straight No Chaser, also inspired a wedding toast during the recent holidays.
The two other members of the IC earned appreciation through a signature moment. At the conclusion of a running private joke over threatening to bestow upon me a Bedazzled and bejewelled clothing garment, they presented a beautiful red shirt with the word “Believe” emblazoned in a sparkling script format. So moving and compelling was the one-word command that it became the basis for the campaign to release our next book.
To the Inspiration Committe, thank you for your support. You have put us in a position to officially begin the launch of “Lit Between the Ears, Volume Two: Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Delights” with the following focus:
October 1, 2009 -
Believe, Simply Believe
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