It was one of those days today that leaves you tired, and inspired.
I spent a lot of the day in the office, working on several things: Finalizing next season, prepping (with help from the awesome Lynn) a series of staged readings we’ll be doing soon, and organizing the many things on my to do list that I need to… y’know, DO.
As that was happening, I occasionally chatted with the actors, director or stage managers of Flyover, USA (which was rehearsing downstairs) as they would wander up on breaks. There’s a sense of excitement surrounding the process which is really invigorating: the “we’re making something new from scratch” excitement that surrounds new plays. As we worked on our project, I talked with Lynn about her upcoming job interview (teaching theatre at a university), and I talked with our Managing Director Christine about our financial issues, and how we, like most theatres in the state/country, need more money!
In the midst of all of that, I got a text message from Christina, at the Tipping Point theatre. Shakespeare, Abridged (that I directed and just opened there last week) has sold out this weekend! That’s a good sign, considering that in just over 6 weeks it moves to Williamston! Then I left, and stopped by the bookstore to drop off flyers about our Stone Soup Storytelling series, and the bookstore owner and I talked about a couple collaborations we are going to work on with the Storytelling project!
Lastly, I finished off the day by seeing a low-budget-high-energy-big-fun-well-done production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by my friend Jaclyn who is finishing up her MFA at Michigan State. The show was a great example of good theatre: fun, energetic, moving, imaginative, and there was, in the words of Jon Jory, a “delight in the playing of it”! Everyone involved was having fun, audience included.
So – times are tough all over. I keep hearing about the demise of theatre, how it’ll be a miracle if any of us make it through this financial crisis, etc… Well, that may be true. But after today… I’m pretty optimistic!