Then she started getting nervous. She feared the draft wouldn't include her latest changes. That was one thing she was always concerned about, keeping her contributions in when, in fact, all I did was incorporate her changes into the script, reformat it back into standard script format, fix the fonts and dump the clip art. There was no way I was bringing her version of the script to a scriptwriters group. She wondered if the group would do a decent job with the script. I had to remind her it wasn't a backer's audition, it was just cold reading, a chance for US to hear the script aloud (although I properly said "out loud") and let us get a feel for how it sounded.
Welp, the evening for the reading came. It was only a small group of members that evening and a distressingly low number of the regulars. New people who were only there because their work was going up. That was one of the frustrating things about writing groups; people only show up when their work is being read (but that's a complaint for another day.) Oh, and Beverly didn't make it. Fortunately, I recorded the event on my mini iPad:
I started work on a fourth draft, making sure I told her it was based on her "third draft." I finished it up in August, just in time for Beverly's fundraiser party! She'd been busy organizing this to raise capital for the shoot. I missed the party. It was on a Sunday afternoon. I couldn't get away for that. And why would I go? I contributed the script and felt that was enough (plus, I didn't have any extra cash lying around). I'm still cranky about stuff. It's a character flaw. I never asked what she raised, but she seemed satisfied. She was able to chip in for copyright and guild registration fees, so that was something. Then, a year passed.
Satisficed with the draft, she began gearing up for production. Slowly but surely, she started lining up her ducks. She brought in her acting friends. He advertised for extras. She assembled a crew. All while running her workshops and get stage shows on their feet. There were also health issues I found out about later. Then in June 2018, she held a cast reading (which I totally missed for vacationing reasons). The plan was now to begin shooting November 2018. The first day of shooting was scheduled for November 15 at the Broadway Comedy Club. It was a work day, so I decided I would take a 1/2 day and head uptown and see the shoot. I get up there and...no shoot. It had been cancelled and rescheduled. No one told me. Beverly was there, however and we got to talk face-to-face for the first time in ages. Resigned to my luck, I didn't bother getting too upset about the change in the schedule (it got me out of work) and not being informed. Beverly was a go-getter, but not the most organized person I knew.
But shooting would begin soon...