One of the playwrights I met at the Great Plains Theatre Conference is in town. Tim was the driving force behind the unofficial fringe portion of the conference: he directed Mac Wellman’s late-night staged reading, he organized caravans to Omaha dive bars, and he was the overall ambassador to all things underground in Omaha.
Tim writes fantastic plays that incorporate everything from 1950’s beefcake porn to Greek theatre to drive-in movies to ancient Indian legends. He’s influenced by both Charles Busch and Mac Wellman, but he brings his own collage-style sensibility into his writing, as well. And he proves the rule that most playwrights named Tim are exceedingly nice guys.
Tim was passing through on his way to a Grand Guignol workshop at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake. You can see some pictures of the gleefully gruesome outcome at World Picture News. The shot of Tim’s weak stomach getting the better of him as he looks at some fake vomit is particularly entertaining.