Tonight we finished up a great tech weekend for End Days.
A shot of the set.
I really like this show, and was reminded this weekend of the importance of teamwork. It makes a huge difference, and I am really proud of how beautiful the piece is turning out to be, thanks to the hard work and talent of a lot of people coming together with a common goal.
Andrew Head as Jesus, Emily Sutton-Smith as Sylvia Stein
This was one of those weeks where building renovations, production needs and institutional schedules all had to be juggled by a whole bunch of folks working at the top of their game to make it all come together. It’s always inspiring to be in the middle of a successful project like that, and I consider myself a lucky man to work with the people I work with!
I’ve come down with an illness that’s sort of knocked me flat, making rehearsals for the last few days a very large challenge. Still, nothing to worry about, and it’ll all be fine, but the thing that I’ve been the most grateful for (aside from my wonderful wife and kids being awesome), is that the cast and company of The Usual have responded in a tremendously positive way.
This had me thinking about how, with the wrong reaction, a minor crisis could easily turn into a major one that really wreaks havoc on a project. On the flip side of that, a good team can take the moment and soar. I’m blessed to be working with such a good team.
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
– John F. Kennedy
Problems are just opportunities in work clothes.
– Henry Kaiser (although, I always think of my friend Dana White, who lives by this motto, introduced me to it, and brings it to every lighting design he does!)
Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
– Ashleigh Brilliant
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
– Winston Churchill
Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.
– Ho Chi Minh