No one had ever heard of me, or even knew I was an aspiring playwright, so why was I getting an invitation to submit a play...especially considering my previous humiliation.
Regardless of the origins...I went to work busily, rewriting "Chump ChangeS"...and very mindful of the criticism I'd received from Ernie Joselovitz. Needless to say, I made sure to have my script submitted by the April 1st deadline, just in case the invite had been a mistake, LOL. But, after my earlier experience with Arts DC, and not really understanding what "commission" meant, I halfway expected to, once again, not hear anything at all. I think in my submission materials, I even apologized in advance, that the play might be unproduceable.
So I was more than a little surprised, when I heard back from Smallbeer Theatre Company, only a month later, with a very encouraging acceptance letter -- click on the photo above --including a personal note from Lynnie herself. The commission honorarium check was truly icing on the cake.
I was even more surprised, last night -- decades later later -- to finally notice, in the left margin of Lynnie's letter, the third-listed name among her board of directors. Something I never saw in my excitement, over two decades earlier. Mystery solved?