From Here to There and Back Again

Hi Everybody!ACT I


Flat dusty horizons and broad treeless plains

Small town prince in a suburban life

Weekends in farm country kissing on cousins

Playing in mud with just us boys

Dirt under my nails and dreams in my head.


Gulf Coast.

High school with cool kids who loved to be learnedTeen me

We were the “A Team” on the broad coastal plain.

Beaches and Boone’s Farm and Bluebonnet Balls

dances on Thursday or else nothing to do

Girlfriends and third base and playing at straight.


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Capital city.

Austin discovery of me and new family

Boyfriends and sisters in a historied estate

Suppressed desires and main stage attractions.

Drama and loving, cotillions and all.


Later the Apple, then a City of Angels

But Texas shaped and made me and drew me back again.


Meanwhile, back at the Webpage . . .

Me MFA grad

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve visited this website.

CUT TO: Three years later.  Randall has completed his MFA at Texas Tech University with an emphasis in Performance & Pedagogy.  He has become a Fellow of the National Critics Institute at The O’Neill Theatre Center.  He has performed in numerous productions, traveled twice to The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival (where he presented his in-process original adaptation of the Williams story Mother Yaws as the first-ever scholarly presentation at the Tennessee Williams Institute).

And now I’ve been granted an AT&T Chancellor’s Fellowship to continue my studies at TTU in the doctoral program, with an emphasis in Playwriting and Theory/History/Criticism.  I start in August.

The decision to recalibrate my life after the enormous changes thrown my way in 2010 was a wise one.  I’m extremely grateful to my family and friends for their enduring support and assistance, and to the faculty of The School of Theatre at Texas Tech University for their welcoming embrace and tireless support. Onward and upward!  (and perhaps now I can be a bit more consistent in posting here.)

Reasons I love living in Southern California, part 347

This weekend I went to my local market and bought fresh pineapple for 2 for $1.99, a pint of fresh blueberries for .99, one granny smith apple for .15, tangerines for .69/lb.  Came home, cut up the pineapple, washed and cleaned the blueberries, added chunks of the granny smith, squeezed two tangerines into the mix, added a tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of lavender syrup.  Chilled.


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