I gave twice before the impulse petered out.
But the desire still burns. Not only to do another Camino, maybe as early as 2014, but also to prepare a longer-lived one-man show.
This is something I’ve dreamed of doing since I saw Hal Holbrook in the original Broadway production of “Mark Twain Tonight” in 1966. I’ve done a short piece on Walt Whitman for a CL get-together. Now I’ve done a beta-version Camino piece.
I have two other ideas in mind, and this leads to my next resolution:
The first idea is to write and stage a one-man show based on Sigrid Undset’s The Master of Hestviken. I’ve called this four-book series about a 13th-century Norwegian man, Olaf Audunson, the best books I ever read. In July, I wrote a post about a new collection of essays by Undset. She remains an abiding passion: a Catholic convert like me, best known for Kristin Lavransdatter, and one of the few female winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1928).
If Undset is my favorite novelist, then Norman Maclean is my favorite writer of nonfiction. My other one-man-show idea is to transform his great book Young Men and Fire into a performance piece. Like The Master of Hestviken, Young Men is an old man’s story—making it an ideal vehicle for a guy too old to play Hamlet, who may still have some Lear left in him.
So my resolution for 2013: To inquire after the secondary rights for both The Master of Hestviken and Young Men and Fire, and to secure the live performance rights for one or the other so that I can proceed with the dream.