|In September, Moonlight Abolitionists marked the return of in-person performances. It was an absolute joy to get to work with this team, in this amazing place.|
|New steel beam arriving for the loft of the barn.|
My writing/life stats for 2021:
Productions were up from 2020, but only about half of what I'd see in a normal year. I did get to see a production of some of my short plays on an island in Lake Champlain this summer, and I was glad to add France to the list of countries where my work has been read or produced.
Number of Productions/Readings: 26 (23 productions, 3 readings). Some were streaming, but most were in person this year.
These were of 18 different plays, including 2 full-length scripts. In 11 US states and 5 countries (US, Japan, Korea, Australia, France)
Number of Performances: 60. This includes published plays.
Previous Years' productions and performances:
2017: 48 total. 227 performances.
|Moonlight Abolitionists at Mount Auburn Cemetery was a highlight of 2021|
Estimated Audience for 2021: 3,300 total.
Audience reach is one of my important concerns. This year was double 2020, but still only about 25% of what I'd hope to see in a normal year. I expect that 2022 will also be rough.
Previous years' audiences:
(For published plays I estimate low--40 people/performance. I don't track plays used by students in competition, so the actual number is higher. )
|Monstrat Viam was one of my audio plays this year, and a chance to work with longtime collaborator Courtney O'Connor.|
My books have all been out for a while now, so sales were low. I don't have the amount that Mount Auburn Cemetery sold of our anthology, so the actual number is probably a bit higher. But still depressingly low. (I'm tempted not to include them, but stats aren't very useful if you only include the happy stuff.)
Books sold: 15
Previous Years' book sales:
My script submissions remained quite modest this year. I spend more of my marketing time trying to land new gigs for Plays in Place than I do sending out scripts to theatres. Most theatres are struggling right now, so there are many fewer opps for in-person production. Audio adaptations were a digital highlight for me this year.
Total: 61 (slightly up from last year.)
queries for plays: 5
play scripts submitted: 56 (Same as last year)
|This is a new audio version of one of my newest plays, North Pole Noir, from Gather by the Ghostlight, and is great fun.|
- Wrote a lot in my journal.
- Wrote more drafts of Scipio's Balcony, a commissioned full-length site-specific play, which is scheduled for 2023 production at Boston's Old South Meeting House
- Finished a new audio play for Lyric Stage, which was released in May.
- Continued research on a new site-specific play for the National Park Service
- Researched and co-wrote a pilot and the series bible for a new historical audio series that my writing partners and I hope will find a home in 2022.
Plays watched: 29 (saw 30 in 2020)
Movies/TV series watched: 47 (44 in 2020)
Plays read: 14 (14 in 2020)
Books read: 18 (24 in 2020)
|Imagining the Age of Phillis is a series of 8 short films directed by John ADEkoje that I produced for Plays in Place and Rev Spaces early this year.|
Patrick's writing $$ for 2021
Gross Income: $11,394
published plays performance royalties: $597
play production royalties: $1,260
film projects: $0
play commissions: $4,450
my books: $33
Plays in Place (as producer): $2,460
misc. (essays, panels, editing, other): $175
Expenses: about $5,866 (includes mileage expenses)
Net Income: $5,582 (before taxes)
As expected, 2021 was rough financially, as it was for so many theatre artists. Plays in Place managed to survive and produce two theatre projects and one video project--which paid me some producer fees, but most of those were absorbed back into the business. The coming year should be much better--I already know of at least $12,000 in coming commissions and consulting. With a little luck, my writing income could almost be back to where I was in 2019. (Which I realize is still not a sustainable income, in any real sense.)
|I Am This Place by Miranda ADEkoje was a Plays in Place project that premiered at Old South Meeting House in October. This was our first commission of a writer other than me, with more already underway.|
Here are my time stats for 2021:
Total working time: 1,698 hours total transit time: 157 hours
Time spent on writing : 1,358 hours
- actual writing and research: 480 hours
- reading for work (not project research): 11 hours
- play attendance: 48 hours
- rehearsals/writing meetings: 129 hours (includes teaching/consulting)
- marketing and admin: 156 hours
- Seven Devils Board Work: 27 hours
- Dramatists Guild: 37 hours (I resigned as Regional Rep in late spring)
- Media Work (learning video stuff): 9.25
- Plays in Place: 451 hours (this more than doubled over 2020)
- Transit time for writing projects: 56 hours
Time spent on Home Renovations/Real Estate/Moving: 339 hours
- Renovations and repairs and sale of Medford house: 225 hours
- Fixing up Northampton property: 114 hours
- Transit time for these: 101 hours
|I now have a spacious office in the barn. We're working on creating a space in the loft of the barn for rehearsals and meetings.|
Here's how my time was spent in past years:
2017: 2,018 total work hours. 1,338 writing hours (371 writing/23 reading/468 rehearsing/347 marketing/129 New Play Alliance and Dramatists Guild)+680 hours on house renovations
2016: 2,096 total work hours. 1,223 writing hours (416 writing/28 reading/438 rehearsing/274 marketing-admin/67 New Play Alliance)+873 on house renovations.
2015: 1,596 total work hours. 1,035 writing hours (262 writing/52 reading/295 rehearsing/303 marketing-admin/123 New Play Alliance) + 561 on moving and house renovations
2014: 1,556 total work hours. 1,426 writing hours (452 writing/109 reading/342 rehearsing/396 marketing/127 New Play Alliance) + 130 hours farming.
2013: 1,898 total work hours. 996 writing hours (394 writing/308 rehearsing/294 marketing) + 902 hours farming
2012: 1,630 total work hours. 896 writing hours. (386 writing/278 rehearsing and meeting/231 marketing) + 734 hours farming
2011: 818 writing hours. (I didn't break out rehearsals from desk writing time in 2011). My kids were a lot younger back then.
Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a productive and prosperous 20212 Happy New Year!