for freaks & football players
Originally uploaded by space oddities
I've been doing a lot of packing and organizing as I prepare to move and with that comes digging up old memories galore. While I was cleaning tonight I found this card made with an illustration that Chad drew more than 13 years ago. Of course I'm feeling nostalgic and I'm going to tell you what it's all about...
When I was a junior in high school I wrote and directed a play called 'For Freaks and Football Players.' Imagine a ridiculous Grease/Say Anything/Outsiders inspired story about a jock who falls in love with a punk rock girl. It was full of cliches, teen angst, heartbreak and a soundtrack that included Screeching Weasel and the Ramones. It was a super fun experience and the play even managed to win best original screenplay/cast and possibly some other random award at a one act play festival.
The picture that Chad drew was used for the program for the play and the illustration was based on the actors. It's kind of odd because Chad was so dead on with getting them to look just like the actors that I feel like I'm looking right at a scene from the play. It totally takes me back.
I think that it also dates our first artistic collaboration back many more years than I had previously thought.
Which is really cool and kind of makes my heart melt.
One more fun side note. Yes, I absolutely cast my best friend and her current jock love interest for the play and added a makeout scene and a dramatic last long kiss scene while the lights faded out at the end. I was sixteen, give me a break.