Of Cats and Men: The Rise and (Somewhat) Fall of a Writer
About the Show
This is the story of how my father and my former cat, Hobbs, played major influential roles as I built my career as a writer. Spanning over a 15 year period, I go from television production assistant to self publisher as my fathers encouragement pushes me and my cat's love and devotion helps me through the good and bad times.
"Over the years I have often told people why I have chosen to be both a writer and storyteller. While moving through the storytelling circuit, I found myself reflecting more on my father through story and discovered there is a story there about his influence in my life than just being a dad. My cat Hobbs was always a unique pet, not just to me but to everyone who encountered him. If he wasn't sitting next to me on my stoop while I sold books, he would sit in on play rehearsals in my apartment. and those are stories I have always found hard to tell as they were tied to several events. This story allows me to go more in depth on those moments and include him as he was an important individual in my life.
Storytellers, when asked what made them get into it, often talk about how they fell into the craft or because they love it. But there is a journey that takes them there filled with personal trials. I feel this time, this is the best way to tell about journey I've taken to get here.
About the Artist
"Marc L Abbott is a novelist, director, playwright and storyteller from Brooklyn, New York. He attended Clark Atlanta University where he majored in Mass Media Arts and received his bachelor's degree in Radio, Television and Film.
He began his writing career writing for the WBAI FM show Shelf Life with David Wright. The stories, "Tabby", "Rush Hour" and "Tales from the Dead Syndicate" were part of a weekly airing of new writers work.
He spent four years working in the production offices of the original Law and Order and after leaving the show, wrote and produced the play's A Gamble of Faith and Three Isn't a Couple.
He is the author of five books A Gamble of Faith, The Hooky Party, Anthorrorgy, The Dead Syndicate: Trial of the Archnemesis and Etienne and the Stardust Express, several short stories and plays.
Marc has written and directed several film shorts including Fly on the Wall, A Language Deciphered, Snap, An Hour Before Dawn and Baggage.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and an active storyteller on the NYC Storytelling circuit. He performs at several times a week at open mics around the city and has performed at Tell It: Brooklyn, The Dump, What are you Afraid of? Barbershop Stories, Griot and Tell Me Astoria.
You can read samples of his work and see his films at www.whoismarclabbott.com.
This show is part of SoloWeek at The Tank at Standard ToyKraft (December 7-12).
About Standard ToyKraft
Big thanks to our partners at Standard ToyKraft, who are giving us a home for our shows during our dark months at our regular home in Times Square! Why are we dark in Times Square? Because our lease is funky! #nonprofitarts We'll be back up and running at 151 West 46th in Manhattan in January.
Standard ToyKraft is an artist run theater that offers low-cost performance and rehearsal space as well as a puppet shop and private studios for visual artists. The founders of STK discovered a derelict factory floor located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn With lots of blood, sweat and more tears than any of us care to admit we transformed this old sweatshop into a community organization. At the core Standard Toykraft is a community endeavor. Our community of artists continues to grow in this tough city because, we provide a supportive refuge for the development of work. We also produce many of our own shows and events including puppet slams, variety shows, vaudevillian weirdness and various spectacles for the amusement of our patrons.
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