Why'd I change theblog name?
I found another Skirboll (or was it Skirball?) who already is publishing a blog under the title SkirBlog. (And here I thought I was being so original. I wasn't) Anyway - they had it first. They can keep it. Besides I'm Mm Mm Good. Just like Campbell's Soup is.
As an actor - working with a manager and thrilled. More auditions please!
Time to start again...
Trying to re-motivate myself to begin working on some new projects. After 2 months of running on adrenaline, my energy was completely depleted by the time we finished. I enjoyed a few days of solitude and sleeping in and then didn't enjoy a few more days of the same. So a week after it's all said an done, I have to force myself to start creating something new.
It's not unusual to feel a bit let down or depressed after I finish a project, especially one like this that was so all-consuming. But I think it's really less about this project being done than it is about not having something that's just as daunting lined up to start working on. I like being overbooked. I like having deadlines and having to rise to a challenge. I'm good at juggling. And I might start to long for a day off, for a chance to sleep past 8 am, fo some time to sit and think, I actually use my time more wisely when I do have too much to do.
I've become better at creating my own opportunities; putting myself out there and then making it happen. I did it with this production - and I've done it a lot over the last ten years (have to be greatful to LA for forcing me to be more self-reliant) but it is nice when fate just throws itself at you. I love to be the re-actor; respondong in the moment to the possibilities in front of me. But it looks like I'm going to have to create my own fate, at least for the moment.
I have noticed that even though it's difficult to force myself to start, that I really don't have to do much to get the universe to cooperate. Fate seems to have something in mind for me, and I know if I just start opening some doors, opportunities will arise. They always do. The hardest part is taking the first steps, after that, if I'm on the right path it tends to become easy. (When it stays difficult it usually means I'm trying to force my fate to go in the wrong direction.)
So, I begin. I'm meeting with a manager today and am hoping that will be fruitful. Need to decide what to do next with Hell is Where... and want to find a path for Blizzard as well. (Blizzard: A Love Story in Three Scenes - a one act I finished recently.) Looking too, for some inspiration for my next piece. Have been thinking about writing about Nellie Bly (fascinating woman) for quite some time and need to begin doing the research I need to do to make that happen. Also have a story based on a dream (nightmare?) I had a few years ago, that I've always felt would be a better screenplay than play that I'd like to begin. (I need to get over the idea that I don't know how to write a screenplay - I don't, but I bet I could figure it out.)
Plus I need to focus a bit more time on hypno/coaching clients. Now that I have more time again, it's a good time to grow my practice as I
Thanks to all who made it happen!
The run of the show is now history. It was really quite an experience and I'm so glad that I took the leap of faith that was necessary to make it happen. The people that worked together to make this happen we're all wildly creative and talented and put so much of themselves into it.
And now what? that's the question that always arises after the project is done. Such a mix of emotions; happy, satisfaction, melancholia, and even a bit of "is that all there is?" (whatever that feeling is? let-down? not quite right, but something like,) I mean, we put so many hours and effort and love into it - then it's over! Somehow there feels like there should be more!
I do hope that there is more. After spending the last two months immersed in this project, I'm really believing that it's viable. That it should be seen by more people. That it is worth developing further. People liked it, people laughed, and they were moved. This script may still be reworked; if it got "workshopped" it certainly would be and there are still parts that I feel aren't quite right yet. But overall, it's a good piece that has a boatload of potential that I hope I can figure out how to develop!
Thank you to everyone that gave this show life - I love you!
Can't believe this is it! So much work for something so ephemeral. i love theatre but there is something to be said about the permanence of film or video. If this weer a movie, I could play it again years from now and see the moments as they were captured (and edited) and to some degree relive the magic. With theatre - once it's over, it's gone. The collective memories of the people involved will exist, as will the memories of those who saw it for themselves, but other than that....we go on.
I would love to think there's a life for this play after this run - that it could be workshopped and brought to a larger stage, that it could tour the country or that it could be turned into a movie; but right now I don't know what comes next. I don't think this is the final curtain on the project at all. BUT the likelihood that the magic produced by this particular group of people working in this particular combination would be reproduced is slim: actors move on, get cast in something else, want new challenges. And this is a talented bunch so I'm sure they will be very busy moving forward.
Which makes it all the more important that you see this show this week! Who knows if you'll ever get to see it this way again? There's something absolutely delicious about the show as it is now - and you really want to be one of the few that gets to say..."I saw it when!"
Interviewed on Review Fix
Rested and restored. Aaaah!
Feeling relaxed and happy as i've finally had a chance to recover from the insanity of the last week! It was great to get the play up on its feet in front of an audience at last, but the week leading up to our opening took it out of me - I could have stayed in bed all day on Sunday given the opportunity!
Any of you who've done theatre know how it is as you get closer to opening; there's a million things that need to be done and not that much time to do them. I want to thank everyone involved for their hard work and commitment to excellence and the team spirit that allowed us to pull together and creat a really entertaining 90 minutes!
And now that we've had a few days to catch up on the rest of our lives, we'll come back to the theatre on Thursday revitalized and renewed with a new zest to the performance.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the run as I think that this piece has an incredible potential to evolve and become even more entertaining as we continue to play with it.
So if you haven't seen it yet, come on down to the Gene Frankel Theatre and check it out! It's funny and thought provoking at the same time and so far the audience feedback has been really great. I'd love to hear what you think - our next performance is Thursday 6/9 at 4:00 pm and we're having a "meet the cast" party right afterward in the Festivity Lounge so you can hang out with this incredible group of people!
plus performances on 6/14, 6/16 and 6/18 - don't miss it!
Opening night! I am so happy - I could scream.
I will be so thrilled to have the first perfomance done. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the process of getting it to this point; the challenges and surprises and rewards along the way have made the journey epic, but it's like a baby ready to burst out of it's mother's body: It needs to be born.
And just like birth, it's not the end of the road. Doing our first performance will feel great, but the show will grow and evolve over the next three weeks and become more interesting and layered. Yet at 8:00 tonight, when we have gotten past the curtain call and back out into the street as ourselves, I will feel elated and relieved and so, so happy.
Musings on creating...and whatever else it is that I do. hypnosis, life coaching, writing, acting, directing, taking leaps of faith, etc.