I wanted to do something special for the 40th anniversary of Good Company Players, so I wrote a book. “The Company We Keep” is a short book — as books go. It’s only 20,000 words, while the shortest full-length book usually clocks in at around 40,000 words. But it was still a sizable undertaking for me and my Bee colleagues Kathy Mahan, Craig Kohlruss, John Alvin and Kent Gaston.
You’ll be able to download “The Company We Keep” — the first e-book from The Fresno Bee — for $2.99 on Kindle, iBook, Nook and other stores. When will it be available? Very, very soon. (It’s undergoing final revisions at our online publisher at this very moment.) What will you get when you download the book? Nine chapters tracing GCP’s 40 years through the central character of Dan Pessano. From an extended history of the company’s early days to the successes of some of its brightest stars, the book looks at the challenges of keeping a theater company afloat and asks: What’s next?
A condensed, three-part version of “The Company We Keep” will start Wednesday, the company’s official anniversary, in the print edition and is now available online. (If you want to wait for the book, I recommend taking that route, but then again, I’m biased.) There are some really fun photo galleries to browse online, one from each of GCP’s four decades, along with videos from The Bee’s Craig Kohlruss. You’ll find links to them on a special page.