I really liked the original version of the script that I had written for "TMI: Hollywood" years earlier. It didn't get used there. I turned it into a monologue for my friend's annual Valentine's Day night of monologues for the following year and, as luck would have it, that year she didn't do it. Then I reconnected with a group of friends from my "Pen to Stage" days on Facebook. They announced they were accepting short works for their annual night of 1-minute plays. They have been doing it for years, and I was not really aware of it. So, I pulled out the short monologue, re-inserted the cable TV executive and, ta-da, "Countdown to Love."
Because of the pandemic, I didn't attend in person, but I streamed it live at home. It was an eclectic night of material. Towards the end of the show, my piece came up, and it was perfectly cast. Two of my old Pen-to-Stage cohorts, Joan Lunoe and Mickey Ryan were cast in it. When I dropped a note to the director, Rose Bonczek, also from Pen-to-Stage, to thank her and compliment the job she did and the casting, she told me "how could I not cast them!" It was like old times!
Here, for your brief viewing pleasure is "Countdown to Love."