SPF 11: Go
A company of actors, backstage, in the dressing room of a small black box theater, preparing to perform “GO!” written by the stage manager. No one is too sure what the play is about – but it doesn’t matter. The action starts close to Half-hour and ends close to Places.
My wife said she wanted to see a Zoom play that made her laugh – so I wrote one. It takes place after the pandemic when Zoom plays are relics of the past.
Brooks Berry-Armstrong has a prodigious show business background with his close association with Tom Cruise and being the nephew of playwright, T. Barry Armstrong, author of Two idiots in Hollywood. Brooks is a prodigious writer himself, having penned over 400 television pilots and one-act plays. Brooks attributes his theatrical bent to his unusual birth. He was born in a veterinary clinic. His obstetrician was a vet. Not a veterinary doctor but an actual vet from Operation Desert Storm who was in the clinic at the time with her dog. Brooks jokes that this is his source of two essentials for a life in show business: his animal magnetism and a fighting spirit.
Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared over 250 movies and television shows. He is best known for roles in Groundhog Day, Memento, Silicon Valley, Californication, Glee, The Goldbergs, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Homer in Morning’s at Seven in 2002. He directed The Miss Firecracker Contest and The Lucky Spot at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York.
In Los Angeles, he wrote and directed the stage play and film of Two Idiots in Hollywood and co-wrote True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Henley.
He wrote and performed his concert films Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party and The Primary Instinct. His two books of true stories: The Dangerous Animals Club and My Adventures with God are published by Simon and Schuster.
Stories from his podcast “The Tobolowsky Files” have been heard across the country on NPR and PRI radio stations, and can be heard any time at Tobolowskyfiles.com and on iTunes.