5:08 am. I had a little nap, until 4. Since then I've been reading aloud and revising. It's still awfully bitter and dark, but I'm afraid that's just what it is.
I'm a little worried that the language is a little loopy and flat, and likely to get the actors caught in circles. I only have a little while to work my way out of that, and it's not as easy as it sounds (on no sleep, at 5am).
I wonder if the piece is subconsciously drawing inspiration from Laura Harrington's Boston Theatre Marathon piece (which I liked). It's somewhat post-apocalyptic. In some ways it's an odd post-Katrina piece, I suppose. Too soon to say.
I have staging in my mind that should work with what we've got at the theatre, using a ladder and cinder blocks and the umbrellas.
I'm glad to have a title, A Bright New Morning. We'll see how it all goes in rehearsal. I'll look at it for a another hour, I guess, and see what I can do with it.