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It’s All in the Timing

Wow, I went from zero to sixty in the last few weeks. Of course I mean speeds. I had nothing going on a few weeks ago and this week, I’ve got tons going on. I was talked into directing a one-act play for a festival. Originally, I wasn’t really feeling it. I was still super tired from my Master’s Thesis. And this is summer. And I was stuck in a lazy rut and I was ok with staying there… sort of.

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But I went to the auditions. And I started rehearsals. And at the first rehearsal, my mind-set totally changed, like a light switch. I loved my cast! They are wonderful, wonderful human beings. AND there were only 3 of them!

Typically, I work with a community theater group and a high school pretty far outside of Boston. And I always see the goal as casting as many people as possible because it usually equals greater ticket sales. My last show had 14 people (and was only 40 minutes long). I think the last time I had fewer than 10 people was 10 years ago when I was in college and it was just a 10 minute directing project for a class. Oh… actually I did a show in grad school that had a 3 person cast as well (but was so prop heavy it was absurd). I think the best part of having a small cast is getting to know all of them (and the ability to hear all of their questions).

This play? 10 minutes long, 3 actors, 4 props, 2 light cues – that’s it! Easy peasey! AND I had a stage manager! She is awesome! 

Plus, the play is in Boston which for some reason is just making me feel a little hipper. And, the festival is being produced by one of my grad school friends. He decided that all of the shows had to be from a collection by David Ives called All in the Timing. I LOVE All in the Timing. I really recommend it. All of the plays are short and quirky. They also have a common theme (umm… time/space and how it can affect us?) I love when festivals have a theme. It feels cohesive.

Anyway, this last week was tech week. If you’re not a theater nerd, tech week is when all of the technical aspects of a show are introduced: costumes, lights, sound effects, etc. In some circles, it’s known as hell week. While my show was no stress, the time commitment is still there (and this week I have to stick around and support the other 5 one-acts). It’s been the kind of week where I haven’t seen my boyfriend at all (and we live together), well, at least I haven’t seen him awake. It’s also the kind of week where I’m eating random things and calling it “dinner.” You know, like a tomato, 4 crackers, 3 slices of cheese, and a lima bean (not really on the lima bean, but have you ever noticed that when people try to impress you with how little they have eaten, they always throw in some random singular object that makes no sense?)

Needless to say, I’m exhausted and the whole motivation thing isn’t going well. Just motivating myself to get out of bed is the key. I’ve spent the week tired and hungry. But last night’s show was great! (Last night was opening night) The audience laughed way more than I thought they would (which was already a lot). I’ve never worked with the other directors or any of the actors so this was a great chance for me to meet new people and see work I’d never seen before. That was really my motivation for going to that first audition and I’m so glad I didn’t opt for the lazy way out.  

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And tomorrow I get to wake up early and do the Color Run! Woo!


Shopping, Eating, Resting, Feeling Accomplished

Well, I am 100% done with shopping and all of my holiday cards will be put in the mail tomorrow morning (let’s hope they all arrive before Christmas… most of them will be close, VERY close.). I’m never this close to the deadline, but life happens and I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

I’ve had a busy but wonderful week. My best friend stayed with me the last few days. We went shopping, we went out to a lovely dinner with our other best friend (we’re a group of 3), and we stayed up until after midnight every night. But it was worth it because I was so glad to see her. I have missed her since she moved half way across the country.

The three of us, 2 summers ago

Today is like my Friday too, because I have tomorrow off. Plus, my company is being wonderful this year (as they have been the last 2 years) and they are giving us the entirety of next week off, paid. I’m so excited. It’s the best vacation ever because everyone in the building is off and I know when I come back, I won’t have hundreds of e-mail like on other vacations (where I’m the only one taking time off). I’m so excited!

I’ve scheduled a date with my DVR for some of my vacation time. I’m planning to spend an entire day sitting on my couch, in my pajamas, eating my favorite snack foods (which are, admittedly, pretty lame: fruit and popcorn, there might be some chocolate though) and catching up on weeks of shows that I missed during the semester. There may also be some kitty cuddling planned for that day, we’ll see if it happens. It may sound lame to you, but it sounds awesome to me and I can’t wait. It’s been a really rough few months and I’m very much looking forward to some rest and relaxation.

Also, I heard back from my professor. For one of my classes, I ran a playmaking workshop with a community theater. We would get together on Wednesday nights and tell stories and improv some scenes, and I would take copious notes. That 27 page “paper” which I was excited about, it was actually a play. And it took me awhile to write (it’s hard to throw out people’s personal life stories). Finals were over on Saturday, grades were due on Tuesday or Wednesday… I slipped that play in on Monday!

And I just found out that my professor is awesome and graded me anyway. I had been hating on the first draft, but I thought the second draft was ok. I was thrilled when I got an e-mail today that said “I really liked this script, oh self-abusive one!” She knows that I have a “loud, negative, inner voice.” Some may view it as a flaw, but as she pointed out to me, it’s also a strength because it pushes me to always do my best. I try not to bullshit myself, I know when I’m not putting in the effort. I’m really happy that she liked it!!! Because I certainly stressed out and put in the effort on this one (although I think I learned a lot about what to do next time).

Now, I’m just going to take her advice and edit this draft. Then I have to show the 3rd draft to the community theater group that helped me craft the play. I hope they like it, too. But I won’t have to show them until January.

I am going to focus on all of the good things though. I stress myself out and beat myself up a lot. However, I also know that can get old. You have to celebrate the wins too!

So I’m psyched to:

  • Celebrate someone liking my play/hard work
  • Be done with shopping
  • Be done with cards (aka mailbox love – sending love to someone’s mailbox)

I’m going to enjoy my time off by:

  • RELAXING and not feeling like I have to do anything
  • Catch up with some friends
  • reading for pleasure

It’s going to be a great week and I can’t wait to enjoy it.


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