Bob Lind on His Sexual Drama Lactose at GableStage: "Mommies, Don't Bring The Kiddies"
The rest of the world may consider Bob Lind something of a legend. He's the man who wrote and sang the top five worldwide hit "Elusive Butterfly" in 1966, and subsequently became somewhat elusive himself as he veered from the music business into a writing career that found him penning novels, plays, screenplays and, strangely enough, articles for the tabloids.
But here in South Florida, we've considered Lind a homeboy ever since he relocated to our area more than 25 years ago. Despite the massive fame he gained for that successful single and other songs which were covered by such big name artists as Glen Campbell, Cher, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis and nearly 200 others, Lind remains both humble and unassuming.
Lind also continues to create and perform. In October 2012, a remarkable 41 years after the release of his last studio album, he issued the aptly titled Finding You Again, winning some of the best reviews of his career. A year later, he was inducted in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame along with Judy Collins.
Flash forward to the present and a new work that's about to be unveiled arrived, a play called Lactose, which gets a reading at GableStage on July 28th. Given its curious title and Lind's gift for prose, we felt compelled to catch up.
New Times: So what is the play about?
Bob Lind: It's about sex and love and whether the two have anything whatsoever to do with each other. Mommies, don't bring the kiddies. There's plenty of "adult" language and "sexual situations." There. That's my politically correct caveat.
The conflict is between a libertine poet who seems to have no sexual ethics whatsoever and a woman who believes our erotic urges should lead us into a deep, loving bond with the one we're attracted to. It's about a poet who makes a superstar living on his book sales and tours. Other than the occasional Rod McKuen, Maya Angelou, or Charles Bukowski, we know that shit never happens to poets. A woman comes to do a documentary on him, a reporter known for asking hard, penetrating questions. Through the course of the play they're both forced to confront their most deeply held beliefs.
Is this your first theatrical work?
No. I had three plays produced at The Group Repertory Theatre in L.A. And my short play "A Good Night" was a finalist in the National 10-Minute Play Contest two years ago. My screenplay won the Florida Screenwriters Competition back in 1991. But this reading at the GableStage dwarfs all that.