Mar 16, 2015
Guest: Blake Levinson
3:12 - How Blake came to write "By Reason of Sanity"
5:18 - A Battered therapist who is counseling a client who is suffering from domestic violence
5:57 - "By Reason of Sanity" is now a tool for training programs for mental healthcare professionals
8:20 - "The Wretched of the Earth"
9:11 - the time Blake and Laura ended up at the same production of "The Glass Menagerie"
11:13 - "By Reason of Sanity" is being cut into a video and during an intense moment when the therapist gets slapped in the face as part of an exercise, some people in the audience laughed.
17:44 - How do we get better at promoting ourselves? Blake heard that we should think of it as a part of the creative process.
19:10 - Jake's dad makes beautiful sculpture, but doesn't like to promote himself but we do: http://www.lesliescruggs.com
21:30 - Laura got to be Amelia the ostrich in an adaptation of "Woo, Woo, Woo Amelia” written by Blake.
29:19 - Blake's influences: Aaron Sorkin/"Sorkinisms.com" and Shakespeare
35:35 - Originally, there was no funding for "Whiplash," producer created a 17-minute piece to promote it to make the movie happen!
39:04 - Blake's 10 minute "Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus" is now being turned into a full-length play
41:47 - Staged reading of the "Lost Bar Mitzvah Speech of Jesus" on June 2nd at Piven Theater in Evanston through Writer's Bloc
50:00 - How Blake started Hamaste': with a girl
53:45 - Contact Blake at blevinson. at ameritech dot net
54:00 - Next "By Reason of Sanity" reading at 9 am April 17th at Dominican University
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Edited/Notes by Laura and Jake Scruggs. Intro Music: "Are You Famous, Yet?” - Laura Scruggs. Outro Music: "The Devil Is In The Beats” - The Chemical Brothers