Five good minutes. That's all John Patrick Shanley needs, to know that a play is good.
When I set out to write this podcast before I knew what I was doing--writing out the scripts and recording them the day of--that's what I set out looking for. Five good minutes.
With this fourth installment of my podcast Speaking Into The Fog, now released, I will be at close to seventy minutes done with this story. My cap is at one hundred and eighty.
I don't know what the hell I'm doing.
I'm just giving my version of the answer to the question which is the first sentence in Shanley's play, Doubt, the best play written by an American to date.
What do you do when you're not sure? Asks Father Flynn
The fuck I want. That's what.
I'm just chasing those five good minutes.
And I think I'm getting closer.