My brother, who is phenomenally talented and astute, has contributed to Fishzilla’s happiness and well-being / my procrastination and inability to focus, by writing a possible Fishzilla About Me:
hey so im new to this online thing but all my friends and surviving children are doing it so i thought why not! lol !
so oh gosh where to start…well im fun and laid back, but i can get pretty wild lol….biologist’s call me a veritable force of nature lol! i like relaxing with a movie and a glass of blood (or maybe two glasses of blood lol) im also up for anything, whether its a relaxing swim in the ocean or a grueling migration across land in sarrch of other bodies of water! or even a yankees game! lol !!
also im very family oriented. i lay an assload of eggs every year and im looking for a commitment minded partner who wants the same.
Stop the presses. This shit is AMAZING.
Meet my new bestie. Her name is Fishzilla. She’s a Snakehead Fish. “Tell me your story, Snakeheaded Fish,” you say. “What’s your deal?” “Well,” she replies, “I have sharp, shark-like teeth; an appetite for for blood; can grow to over three feet in length; can lay up to 75,000 eggs a year; and can even breathe and migrate on land, and I search for other bodies of water for up to four days at a time through the use of a primitive breathing organ.” I was doing research for a project, but now the only project that matters is one in which I do Fishzilla a favor and create her an OKCupid Profile.
My morning view from my small courtyard work table:
So, the whole reason I’m in New Mexico is because FUSION Theatre asked me to write a one-act children’s musical (yes, you heard that correctly), based on the children’s e-book PRINCESS MARISOL AND THE MOON-THIEVES by Alex Paramo.
After some time, I wrapped my head around the fact that a children’s musical generally does NOT include: 1) basement-dwelling sharks, 2) drag queens, 3) grotesque acts of vengeance, 4) an askew historical perspective on queerness, 5) characters who explode and/or eat each other. And then I wrote my adaptation sans all of these elements, but avec lyrics, and now FUSION is touring it around Albuquerque.
First rehearsal was last night. Musical director (and music-writer) Keith Sanchez teaches the opening song Rat With Ambition to the cast.
If there were a list of people who did not know how to take the eggs out of a cage while an agitated New Mexican rooster was stalking back and forth making crazy rooster eyes, I would also be on that list. But I bet a bunch of these other ladies would not be. Fuck yeah gender parity! Fuck yeah The Kilroys.