As I am going over today in (2012) all my re-writes when I first thought of this as a play back in (2006) it became so clear what a process this has all been. I changed the titles of Redneck Weddings as a play so often. Too many characters coming in and out which is a mistake. I think I was so frustrated with it! The stacks of re-writes are evident of that! In 2007 when I first heard it as a writer that is always an event for anyone the moment of truth. The actors were reading it for the first time on a bare church stage. I cringed at the sound of my lines and the characters were interesting, but had no focus. The director said “Catherine this is not a play”. Then what is it… I said. It is a Film he proclaimed. I never wrote a screenplay. I can’t even write a play for God Sakes! So, today as I sit here I have about 30 re-writes for a play and a valid attempt for a screenplay.
Back then I felt dejected. I just put it away. Gave up. I could tell interesting stories at a party!
Looking back , I changed the titles of this project so often… how about “ Love & Marriage” or “Tear Drops Chapel” . Log-lines like” Try it You May Not like It”! LOL I forgot about that one. That had a horror tone to it about getting married! One of the plot lines was… Winnie ends up coming back as a ghost to the chapel to get even that was in the screenplay.
The characters kept creeping back in my head. I would pass the chapel in town and saw that they fixed it up. Made it commercial looking. A new owner perhaps. I bet Preacher Evans was still there. Where was he going to GO!
Redneck Weddings would be stuck in a drawer until a year later. My husband being a writer had just been layoff at his regular job and I got the pink slip too. So we moved to Los Angeles! As I packed my belongings, I packed the re-writes too. Never throw out the re-writes you might need them again. So, my life in Los Angeles began, as an Actress. Catherine was back in business where everyone is an Actor in a place called La La Land that is not always what it is cracked up to be.