I can’t believe it’s closing weekend. It has flown by, and this is one I’m really going to be sad to let go of. I haven’t had this much fun playing a part in a long time. I have been trying to identify why that is. And believe me, I’m luckier than most people. I haven’t had a bad theatrical experience in awhile. For the most part, I’m able to pick and choose my projects. This is a huge luxury. I’m grateful for it. But even though most of the productions I have been involved with have been rewarding and successful, there are certain ones that you could do forever. This is one of those. I think part of it is that I’ve been able to just act. I’m not directing another play right now (although I’m supposed to be cutting my script for As You Like It–shh, don’t tell Lisa). I just get to go play with my friends every show.
Of course the main reason this has been such a good experience is because I’m working with an amazing director, and great actors. I am lucky to be playing at Little Fish Theatre, where we have audiences that feel like family. We get tremendous support from our artistic and managing directors. And we have a small but stalwart crew which keeps us running, and finds time for me to get a bathroom break during intermission (usually). Everybody who has come out has meant so much to me. I wrote about this previously. I feel like a part of the theatre community in Los Angeles like I’ve never felt before. And I’m proud to be a theatre actor in a film town. Sure I’d love to do some film and tv, but I’m hustling day after day, month after month to create theatre. And we’ve created something special this time.
I feel like I’m rambling a bit. I’ve got a cold. Damn kids, I tell you…I never got sick until they showed up. It can be challenging to do a show while sick. I found the most difficult thing tonight was that I had to slow down to really chew each word, because my voice is going, and my articulators are sluggish. And even slowing down that little bit, changed the dynamic of the show. Not bad or good, just different. I also really had to pee during the second act. Unlike Joey from Friends, I don’t think that made me a better actor.
I don’t really have anything more to say except that I’m feeling blue that this ends tomorrow. I’m glad I have Shakespeare to go into next, but then it’s back to being director/actor/guy in charge (sort of). I definitely need to take more breaks and just be in a play, and I’ll be doing that at Little Fish…you know, after I direct this summer and then direct Henry IV pt. one down there. But soon.
Thanks for following. I’ll start my Shakespeare by the Sea blog in a few weeks.