The Future of American Muscle a note from Richard Thompkins, writer & performer
This is obviously a very personal story to me, but itís not internal. What I mean is that itís neither a family drama, nor a piece about me. Itís a lot more inclusive than that. It does not require the audience to see that Iím a mistreated or misunderstood, or anything like that. Itís mainly exuberant, and I found that audiences related to a vast majority of the elements and tones. Not many people saw this show and felt left out. I know this especially, because I first performed it in England at drama school, and that audience didnít know anything about cars or John DeLorean, nor were they American, and they got a lot out of it. (And believe me, several times during the original process, I kept thinking to myself ďWhat the hell am I doing? Whoís gonnaí give a damn about any of this?Ē)
I really believe that my show is such a unique show because it is not typical theater, in that it is neither heavy-handed, nor avant guard, nor a musical. It's very straightforward, but it is also a very richly packed 29 minutes.
Itís a story that I feel very passionate about, and I believe the story will remain untold if I donít tell it -if not Mr. DeLoreanís story, certainly the story of my father and all the backwoods drag racing auto mechanics from that period of time.
It was an honor and a pleasure to perform the show in the New York International Fringe Festival, but it is my dream to remount it once more. I want auto mechanics in my audience. I want GTO owners and DeLorean enthusiasts in my audience. Unfortunately, the Fringe Festival is so brief, and so many shows are happening at once, that I was never able to put in the proper time to really reach out to the people I wanted to be certain to see the show, nor was it in my power to offer free tickets.
At one point I was talking with a Broadway producer, who liked the show very much, however circumstance led to me taking time away from my pursuit, but I'm looking to become more proactive about seeking a more expansive and long term venue for American Muscle. I have all sorts of ideas for new scenes, and I hope to find the right opportunity to expand and extend the show.
Thanks for your support, and I hope that we'll all be able to gather for a rocking evening of theater in the near future. In the meantime, anyone who wants a copy of the current 29 minute version on DVD is welcome to have one free of charge. Spread it around to anybody who might appreciate it.