Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! was originally written as a play. I had been touring a three person comedic version of Romeo and Juliet through the small desert towns of Northern Nevada, and on a day of rest I sat down to write. The first half was based on a scene I had written a few years earlier and performed for Mike Nichols during a scene study class at the New Actors Workshop in New York City. He didn’t like it very much. I set out to correct my mistakes, but about halfway through I got stuck. I tabled the project, always meaning to come back to it, but waiting for inspiration to strike again. Then I fell in love with the girl. We moved into a small Harlem apartment together along with my good friend Colin Markowitz as a roommate. A friend of the girl was interested in producing a play and was looking for original works. I immediately thought of Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! (a title I actually have no recollection of inventing). But as I started back to work on the play my relationship with thegirl began to disintegrate. This became so much of a focus in my life that the words in the play began to reflect my reality. I was on a deadline however – promises had been made to venues, to sponsors – the writing couldn’t stop. By the time we opened the play in October, 2009 at The City in Manhattan, I had moved out. I had cast myself as “Hazzard”, and the girl was playing the part of “Girlfriend” going through a breakup with a writer who had written the play that we were currently performing in. Yeah, … it had gotten weird. After embarrassingly revealing our personal lives to the world on stage we moved on from each other and the project. But it was a really funny play, and I just couldn’t let it go. I began to adapt it into a screenplay in the hopes that one day I could produce it. The story evolved, characters were added and taken away, the ending was completely overhauled…But at the heart of it there’s still a real and true broken heart.
Links to Critique of Original Play