After adapting his hit off-Broadway one-man show “Sleepwalk With Me” into an acclaimed first feature, comedian Mike Birbiglia isn’t messing around with the formula that brought him praise and indie-film cred (his debut won the Best of NEXT Audience Award at Sundance and comes out Friday, August 24 via IFC Films).
In an exclusive interview with Indiewire (the full profile will run later in the week), Birbiglia told us that he’s in the process of adapting his latest solo play “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” into a sophomore feature. The show, which explores Birbiglia’s bumbling love life, ended its successful off-Broadway run March 18, 2011 and is currently touring the States after playing around the world. It’s a sequel of sorts to “Sleepwalk With Me,” which tracks his rise as a comedian and the crumbling of his long-term relationship with his university sweetheart.
“It’s about how I basically decided to get married without believing in the idea of marriage,” he told Indiewire about his latest screenplay. “It’s about giving up on the idea of being right on things.”
Whereas “Sleepwalk With Me” is a largely autiobiographical tale like the play that inspired it, Birbiglia is doing things differently for his follow-up. “I’ve done a draft of it, and in it the character’s not autiobiographical,” he says. “In the play he’s a comedian, and in the film he’s a journalist. There are definitely ways that it eases away from autiobiography. I just like when you look at people who have long careers in film, they’re able to make films that are far away from themselves, because they’re metaphorical. It creates for more opportunities, I think.”
Go HERE to learn more about “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” and to find out where it’s playing.