A Guy Who Thinks He’s a Houseplant
Nominated for the Oregon Book Award
Produced in Portland, Oregon in the 1990s, Fort Byron is about a disturbed young man who is trying to become a house plant. He walls himself up, literally, in his bedroom on the night of his 30th birthday, when his father (the world’s richest man) and mother (an ex-rodeo rider) come bearing gifts, accompanied by Byron’s business-minded girlfriend, and the parents’ trigger happy, ex-CIA bodyguard. In other words, it’s an auto-biographical play. It enjoyed a long run at Portland’ Stark Raving Theatre, and was nominated for the Oregon Book Award. I particularly enjoyed getting nominated for the award since they sent me enough money to get a nice stereo system at the time, and the food was great at the awards ceremony. Myra Donnelley did a great job of directing, as did all the actors, including my old friend Ritah Parrish.