Today I join rehearsals for The Crownless King, the first show of the new season for the House Theatre of Chicago. This fantasy story is Part II of a cycle of plays begun last year with The Iron Stag King, about the adventures of young Casper Kent and his quest for the Hammer and the Crown. The Crownless King continues with Casper’s struggles as a new king in a land that has not had a monarch for a generation. There are pirates, and a dragon voiced by none other than Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts. (Yes, I’m telling everyone, “Yeah, this fall I’m doing a show with Tracy Letts. No biggie.”) I’ll get to work with some old friends, and some actors I’ve always admired. And I think I get a peg-leg. I’m not sure yet.

This week also saw auditions for my adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. We have our cast all set. Soon I’ll need to get to work on a new draft. Rehearsals begin in December.

Oh yeah! I booked a voice over gig that records this week! Huzzah for paying work!

In other news, the thermostat in my condo appears to be broken. Turns out replacing it isn’t quite as expensive as I thought, but that doesn’t change the fact that right now the thermostat doesn’t work. It’s getting warm up in here.