Following are some projects Daniel Taylor is currently working on (some more than others).
Lies and Other Stories: A Play
Daniel Taylor: I wrote a piece on my mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s entitled “I Tell My Mother Lies.” And I am currently working on a companion piece on my father, tentatively called “I Tell My Father’s Stories.” I’m trying to balance the negative picture of him that comes through in the piece on my mother, but am not confident that I am succeeding.
In reviewing the piece on my mother, I realized it was almost all scenes, tied together with ongoing commentary. So I decided to make a one-act play out of it, which I have done. I am also working combing the two pieces into a single, full-length play.
Daniel Taylor: I have this vision of an on-stage narrator talking informally about his life and the human experience generally – ranging from eternity past to eternity future. The fellow is simultaneously wise, obtuse, funny, hopeful, despairing, full of faith, full of doubt – but always interesting, sometimes spell-binding. He mostly tells and reflects on stories, and as he tells them they sometimes are acted out beside and behind him. Sometimes he enters into the story he is telling as a character himself, sometimes he simply stops and listens with the audience.
There is a lot of music and sometimes art in any given performance. As he speaks a large reproduction of a painting or photograph might flash up on a screen that re-enforces the mood or theme of his words. Sometimes he talks about it directly. Sometimes music will serve the same function, perhaps a live performance by another performer. Maybe a Willie Nelson or Fernando Ortega song. Maybe I could get my friend Bob Dylan if he’s not too busy. (No, I don’t know Bob Dylan.)
Issues of faith and meaning will arise often, but not obtrusively. Making sense out of life would be a recurring theme. If one of these came into being and worked, I could see doing others. (There’s lot to talk about.)
Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
The third novel in the Jon Mote series. Someone is killing Bible translators and Jon, again, is in the middle of it. Set in an isolated lodge in northern Minnesota with a blizzard approaching. Folks are dying. Jon, Judy, and Zillah are at risk, as is everyone else in the lodge. Will appear in 2020.
The Mystery of Iniquity
The fourth and concluding novel in the Jon Mote series. Jon is back in church and assigned to help with a Muslim Iraqi family. A mysterious one-eyed man is threatening the family and, eventually, Jon and his family as well. Jon ponders the nature of evil and finds it more mysterious and omnipresent than he had known.