We are now in the last 12 days of our Blue Bunny campaign, 17% funded and need to be 80% funded to receive any of the generous contributions that have been made. Today I profile Dennis, the type of person you want on your side when things look bleak. Dennis was brought to life on stage last August at the Destiny City Film Festival by talented actor/producer Garr Godfrey.
This is Dennis.
A lifetime student with a love for history and music and language, Dennis ended up with too many degrees in too many disciplines to do him any good. Dennis is almost monk-like, not only in his spartan existence, 40’s, single, living in a tiny one-bedroom house with a foggy view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but also in his resolve to see the best in everyone and the light among darkness. Dissatisfied with the lack of one-on-one impact he was making as a teacher at a community college in ‘the big city,’ he returned to his childhood town of Port Angeles and became a social worker and parole officer. He is good at his job. He goes, always, above and beyond even the extra mile. Nothing breaks him. But Shane will try.
Thank you to Ben Slavens for the use of his gorgeous photography.
In the last 13 days of our Blue Bunny campaign, I will be profiling the script’s characters–offering a brief glimpse into their backgrounds, what has formed them, what has fueled their reactions and their motivations. Each was brought to life on stage last August at the Destiny City Film Festival where the script took First Place in the festival’s screenwriting competition in 2014. The incredible and wildly talented Julianne Christie read for/embodied Irene. More than one person approached me after the reading to tell me that her performance brought them to tears. Tears. At a staged reading!
This is Irene.
Life hasn’t quite turned out the way Irene thought it would. 1982 was her day in the sun, the most popular and beautiful girl in her senior class, though she was too wild to be prom queen and had her head too high in the clouds to be valedictorian. Despite dreams of leaving Port Angeles for the more exotic destinations of her dreams, a receptionist job straight out of high school felt very grown up to Irene and within two years she had fallen in love with her supervisor. Within three more, her supervisor had become her husband.
Once Donny was born, the marriage began to crumble until it disintegrated. Soon after, Irene met Shane’s father, who was not long for Irene’s world, or the world in general, either. Shane was born two weeks after his father left. And then, the boys became her world. That world, held tentatively together with fragile optimism and dulled artifacts from a brighter time in her life, was shaken when she became a grandmother at far too young of an age. Again, Irene’s determination that everything was going to be all right took over and she raised the little girl with Donny, the girl’s mother having disappeared. A new precarious version of normal took over and reigned for six years. Until one night, one bad choice, a road without streetlights, and a single fatal moment would collide to change everything and forever challenge Irene’s faith in whether or not life is, as she had always believed, good.
As always, thank you to Ben Slavens for the use of the beautiful photos he took at the reading.