Patrick Mehaffy always has a vision.
Whether its through his sculpture or writing for theater and short films, he enjoys keeping busy.
Mehaffy teamed up with Scott Harrison of Ironweed Productions, Robyn Rikoon, artistic director of Santa Fe Playhouse, and Annie Liu, production manager at Santa Fe Playhouse, to create the web series “The Confessions of Clayton Younger.”
The series is a homegrown New Mexico project. It explores the American Western experience through the monologues of Clayton Younger, a well-worn cowboy, and Hannah, owner of a fictitious cafe in Quemado.
Harrison plays Clayton and Rikoon is Hannah in the series. It can be streamed by searching “The Confessions of Clayton Younger” on YouTube.
Mehaffy says the idea came about with the Santa Fe Playhouse series “Shelter in Plays.”
“They asked people to submit things,” he says. “I submitted, and we were looking for an actor to perform it. I found Scott. I directed two short films he was the lead in. We had a lot of experience, and he knew my writing and I knew his acting.”
Mehaffy says that as production began, he wasn’t too worried about how the work would take place.
“Because we started filming in the middle of COVID, Scott and Robyn filmed themselves on their cellphones,” he says. “I would write the script for them, and they would give me feedback and kick around ideas. They will send me a couple of takes, and we’re usually happy with that.”
The series has aired 10 episodes, ranging in length from 2 minutes to just over 7 minutes. The latest episode was released June 10. The next will be released June 24.
Mehaffy wanted Younger to be a man of the West and wanted him to talk about Western experiences.
“People are intrigued by that aspect of life,” he says. “It seemed like an interesting project to move forward with.”
The series is filmed in black and white.
Because of improving technology in cellphones, it worked.
“It also takes away the background distractions and helps the viewers focus on the words and performance,” he says. “We’re excited to have the opportunity for more people to experience this journey with us.”
The web series “The Confessions of Clayton Younger” can be streamed by searching the name on YouTube.