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The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright)
Chicago
The Other Wayne Gretzky pays homage to the ordinary desperation and psychosis of society.
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Beau Willimon is no longer with House Of Cards because he is writing Donald Trump in this year's presidential election. by The Other Wayne Gretzky The calculated dismantling of seasoned conservatives, the complete disregard for decorum when it comes to anything, veiled murder threats aimed towards Hilary Clinton during a speech; in my mind there is only one plausible reason for any of this. Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards, is writing the character of Donald Trump. I know this might sound like I'm trying to be funny but I'm not fucking around here. Think about it. Willimon used... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Crazytown
A letter from an older brother containing some useful life advice. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Writer) Dear little brother. Got word from mom that you moved out last week and that you are finally on your own. She of course is devastated, but that’s mom for you. Being that I’m your older sibling I wanted to drop you a line and give you some helpful tips on how to navigate the perils of being in your twenties and living alone. Some of these might strike you as unconventional, but trust me they work. Do drugs, because single life is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Crazytown
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A monologue about a teacher keeping it way real. By The Other Wayne Gretzky MISS SMITH SPEAKS TO THE PTA (A microphone on a stage. MAGGIE, a proper woman in her forties dressed plainly comes up to the microphone. She looks around the room a moment to gauge the audience. Then she begins.) MAGGIE Hi. I wrote a statement and if it’s alright I’d like to read it before you all vote. (A beat. She takes out a piece of paper, clears her throat and starts to read.) First off I’d like to thank the Saint Robert School parent teacher... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Crazytown
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A message of hope along with some advice on cooking pork. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright) Dear son, First and foremost I want you to know I talked to Babs and she told me that you said you had already cleared it with me about asking her for money and we both know that you did not. All of that aside, I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to find a job. I have to say, the tone of your latest letter seemed a bit blue. I’m not judging you for that- it’s just an observation. Look,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Crazytown
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The first of many times little Freddy will be told "Thanks but no thanks". By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright) Dear Fredrick Williams, On behalf of Steward Tomlinson Preparatory Elementary Academy I want to thank you for your application to join our Spring Session of 2017. While our panelists were impressed with your qualifications and found many of your responses in our question and answer segment to be enlightening, we regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you a spot in our kindergarten at this time. At this point you are most likely asking yourself "What more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Crazytown
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An email from a daughter to her father saying that she's having a good time on her honeymoon but is basically a cry for help. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright) Dear "Scooter", I tried to call you and mom several times but phone service in the north woods is quite spotty, so I thought I’d send an email from the internet cafe inside “Vern’s” which is the name of the local general store. The honeymoon is going fine, though there have been a few “snafoo’s” along the way. The five hour drive was quite lovely, however when we got... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Crazytown
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An email from a mother to her son, which coincidentally happens to be the final communication between them. Ever. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright) Darling Boy, It was a relief to finally get something from you. By my count the last email prior to this past one was a month and four days ago. I swear I don't know what goes through your head. I can't say it was a revelation to hear you are still writing your plays, though I was hoping you'd had the good sense to move onto something more worthwhile that actually pays money so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Crazytown
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A letter to an old friend also in the field of nuclear-powered particle acceleration. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright) Rory, Greetings from an undisclosed location somewhere in western Utah or eastern Nevada. Sorry if my reply has been delayed. The government insists on screening all messages in and out of this facility. I was very happy to get your letter and even happier to hear that you are still working at the Southeastern Oklahoma Particle Research Institute (SOPRI). I’m curious, is Dan still working there too? If he is, be sure to tell him his egg salad remains the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Crazytown
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A letter sent from a big brother in a state of calm desperation to his little sister who's life is far more stable yet boring. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (Playwright) Dear Babs, Thank you for your letter. It’s always joyful to hear from you. I am happy to hear that things are working out with you and Greg and that his new position in Indianapolis is going well. I was also quite pleased to receive the news that he’s not being blamed for that chemical spill. He’s a good man and having a thing like that on one’s record... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Crazytown
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During election season, no request is too 'out there'. By The Other Wayne Gretzky (A Chicago-based writer) Dear Hillary Clinton For President Campaign, While perusing the internet I stumbled upon Madam Secretary Clinton’s Facebook page, and on that page was a portal to enter into the contest “win dinner with Hillary.” While I don’t necessarily support Madam Secretary’s bid for POTUS (my wife Kay, however, is a HUGE fan), I decided that it might be fun to have dinner with her, so I entered the contest. I mean why not, right? Having dinner with a presidential candidate would be an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Crazytown
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