We have managed to put together a really incredible group of human beings for this project. The energy in the room last night was just so positive and playful and loving. And Talented with a capital T. All these elements together make me happy.
Over the years, I've found myself on occasion, turniing away from the theatre. Pulling myself out of the game. When I have, I'm miserable, and it doesn't last long before I find some project to pull me back in - to keep me sane. Those times that I stopped though, were necessary for me. At some point the joy of acting had dissappeared: I would get caught up in the "bizness" of show biz, the competition, the desperation even, and I would stop having fun. And if I'm not having fun, you can bet I'm no fun to watch.
So, during those times off, I would let go of the baggage I had picked up along the way and reconnect to the things that make me love what I do - the reasons I can spend hours and hours in rehearsals, on stage or on set for little or no pay and be thrilled to be there. The fact that it is fun. That it is playful.
The thing that's exciting about what I felt in that room last night - the thing that's filling me with joy - is that it truly feels like we are all there with that kind of experience in mind. We're all eager to play, to discover, to explore. Plus, theatre is such a collaborative art form - when there's support and trust in the players around you it can truly become much bigger than the sum of it's parts. This might be one of those times.
Much will be revealed over the next few weeks. There will be bumps on the road and growing pains, I'm sure. But so far there has been an almost magical energy around the project. Things are coming together so easily and so well that you'd think someone up there has a vested interest in this thing working. At this point, I'm just enjoying the ride and I'm happy to see where it takes me. and I'm so happy to be on this ride with this group: Thom, Maureen, Armand, Joe, Stephanie, Jorge, Peggy, Art, Colista, Ameer, William - hope you guys are having fun too!
Musings on creating...and whatever else it is that I do. hypnosis, life coaching, writing, acting, directing, taking leaps of faith, etc.