It's 4 in the morning and Griot won't let me sleep. We'll be in NY in a couple of weeks and I still have some script stuff I need to work out. I'm not nervous about New York, but I want to put my best foot forward. I feel like we have the opportunity to have decent audiences if the weather agrees. If the show can move folks in NY, then it can move people anywhere.
The piece of the show that I have never had peace with is the music era of the 50's and 60's. In the show's first incarnation it was a little too pedestrian. We didn't move with the music the way the music moved people in that era, but I think we've solved the problem, just a little later then I would have liked. We are on the rehearse everyday schedule, and I hate it. I love the show, love working on it, but hate, rehearsing everyday. I just want to do it. Foolish but true.
The other aspect of trying to work a date like the NY gig is packages. I hate this part to, because you spend so much time putting together something you hope people will look at, but for the most part, people tend to throw packages on the slush pile. A lot of work goes into it, The DVD, the press clippings, letters blah blah blah. But that's a part of the game. I'm feeling really good about it all, I wish we were in NY now, doing it. The stage at the Baruch Performing Arts Center is beautiful. When I saw it for the first time last year, I felt like the stage was singing to me, begging me to touch it.
There were a few obstacles in getting BPAC, but the staff, guided us through those waters effortlessly. As an artist, I seem to be blessed in working with incredible people in the theatres I work in. The Theatre Project has been my home for the last three years, and many of the other venues I've been at have treated me well. I'm whining about packages and rehearsals, but honestly I wouldn't have it any other way.