The Devil's Blog
We're now half-way into our run. We have two more weekends and then ...well, who knows! We're hopeful that we'll find a partner to continue this journey - a new location, or more time in our current local at the lovely Arena Theatre. Or...? Any thoughts anyone? We're open to continuing the development of this piece and we know that it continues to need that nurturing to fully bloom. We've discovered so much as we've run, and we have our "hit list" of things we KNOW need work and yet, we have a GREAT piece already - which is deeply exciting to know "it works"!. We also are blessed with an amazing cast that just lights up the stage every night. A crack production team that makes that possible and we are now starting to get "the buzz" that happens as more people see the show and talk to their friends, post on social media and get the word out.
For me, besides being exhausted, I'm hitting the stage every night excited to be there, filled with amazement at the people I get to work with, and the difficulty bar I've set for myself and the show makes it "never a dull moment".
Looking forward to the next 1/2 of the run!
One of the many joys I've had on this journey - are all the people that have contributed and supported the show during it's gestation. Harrison has been with us since the first reading. And now is bringing his joy and talent and expertise to the show - it's wonderful to have him by my side. And the new cast members I can (and will) go on about. However, last night a bunch of people came to see the show who have been instrumental in it's development. Terron Brooks - we did a workshop of a show together and I've been enamored by his talent ever since - he's never been available to do our show, and yet he came last night and brought tears to my eyes with his grace and kindness and words of support. LaTanya Holmes - powerhouse vocalist and amazing perfomer giving ME props. C'mon. Scott People - also a member of our merry band at different points - and being so lovely to me and the show last night. Clark Johnson - my S.W.A.T. director and co-best man, showing up out of the blue to support. Anthony Stark - who did the VERY first read of our show at the Fountain - playing Bobby - and just raved and was so damn enthusiastic and cool. Thank you all for helping in all the ways you have....You all are part of this show.
We opened and we ROCKED THE HOUSE! Our Amazing cast KILLED it. Slayed it. Whatever you want to use - they brought the house down! Just rose the bar. I mean, it was AMAZING.
And then - I had a breakdown.
Curtain fell and 10 years of frustrating-not going forward-the deal wasn't right-no one likes it-what the Fuck am I doing working on this-refusing to give up-losing money tears came. Couldn't stop crying. Relief. JOY. Just overwhelmed. I couldn't hold it back anymore, I guess. There's something to be said for laying out there, for giving it everything you got - and I feel like I gave it everything I could - and it was worth every bit of hard work - and every tear.
I have no idea what happens next. But I'm so glad we planted our flag and said - "THIS".
Come see it.
It's really good.
So it's finally here. 10 years in the making. 6 months since Jason Weiss thru out an offer to give us a home. A couple of months of building our team. A month of casting. 6 weeks of rehearsal. 17 pounds lost. We open today. I'm overjoyed and amazed and grateful and scared and excited and Verklempt as my wife's family would say. Last night was our final preview and it went really well. I feel ready. So. No more writing on it today - I'll give you the update tomorrow....MERDE'!
Well. I'm back. Been awhile, I know. I've been a tad busy.
Let's catch up, shall we?
It's been two weeks since I sat down to write here - now, I've been writing (or rather RE-WRITING) a ton on the show, but that left me little or not time to sit down here.
So here's the catch up: the show came together last night. I mean, WE HAVE A SHOW! The last week and a 1/2 has been the normal tech hell costume changing lights and sound tuning and tweaks that always must happen in a show. One wonders when you're in the thick of it (and as an actor and writer and composer - man, am I in the thick of it) whether it's going to come together - and what happens if it doesn't.
WOW! It truly has. Suddenly there was a collective landing in the cast. A beautiful grace in the tech and administrative staff, the sound got tuned in, the lights snapped into focus and at the right intensities...
It's amazing when that happens.
And for me personally to start to "have and experience" as my teachers used to say - cause that's what it's about for an actor - you're trying to set yourself up to go thru the characters journey - and if the writing and direction, the other actors, the tech aspects all line up - you get to have that. And that's where we're at now.
Final preview tonight and we open tomorrow.. .
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