It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged on the Little Fish site. Again, I apologize for the delay. During Shakespeare, I’m able to crank out a blog every week. And I know that you, my four loyal readers, miss me when I’m gone. (Maybe not much…maybe you don’t even notice… but I like to think you miss me when I’m gone). I am busy. Which, I know is the worst excuse in the world. Everybody is busy. Being busy is boring. I apologize for such a lame excuse. But, aside from doing this show, I am sifting through hundreds of pictures and resumes for Shakespeare by the Sea, finding new actors to work with us at Little Fish, doing work at New American Theatre (my training ground), and raising two kids. Plus, I have blogged elsewhere, in the ongoing fight with AEA, but those are filled with lots of bad words and views that are not necessarily those of Little Fish Theatre. Although at Little Fish, we very much want to change the 99 seat paradigm, and I’m proud that we are out in front of how that can happen. Those of you who are part of the Fab-40 are my new heroes! Thank you so much for being part of this. Those of you who don’t know about that yet, need to come on down to LFT and find out more about supporting the wonderful artists who work in our theatre.
The one really positive thing that has come out of this battle to save intimate theatre in L.A. is that the community has come together like it has never done before…at least in the two decades I have been here. Theatre has always seemed like the red-headed step child of the acting world in Los Angeles. But I’ve come to find out that view is a complete fallacy. We all know there is great theatre here. We go to it. We perform in it. But around the country, we are known as the film and TV town. I’ve done a little (very little) bit of both film and TV, but I’ve been doing theatre non-stop since I got here. And, I’m not alone. There is a community of like minded artists bringing stories to life in small theatres all over LA every night. Some of the greatest theatre in the world is available right here. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. I just wish I had more time in my life to get out and see everything going on. It’s exciting to be a part of it.
This run has been great for many reasons. One of them is that many actors who also do 99 seat theatre have come out to support us. Partly because of the fight, but also partly because if you’ve been around the scene as long as many of us in the show have, you just know lots of people who want to see your work. There was a night last week, when I had in the audience some of the most talented people in the world. I sat backstage with them thinking of how I could create amazing theatre…with my audience. And they were there to see us. When John Kassir is the first on his feet to give you a standing ovation, it’s pretty damn special. And the response has been phenomenal. For the play as a whole and for my performance. Many people who I’ve worked with, and have seen me for years are telling me that this is the best thing I’ve been a part of. Which is a credit to the people I’m working with. To Steph, and Richard, and, Cy, and Tara, and Jim, and Kristina. I keep hearing that Richard and I have great chemistry onstage, and that we play wonderfully off of one another, but I having directed Richard twice, I know that he has great chemistry with everybody. He’s one of those actors that you think must have been created in a laboratory, using the best parts of every actor. He’s the perfect scene partner…giving, available, consistent, and always ready. The same really goes for everybody. It’s a love fest. Every once in awhile you work on a show that just clicks. There’s no drama (except where there should be), everybody is excited to be there, and everybody is on point. This is one of those. I don’t want it to end…even though I have tons to do, I just want it to keep going.
We still have some seats for tonight (Sat night), and for closing weekend. The matinee is sold out. I get that it can be a hard sell. People think it’s a holocaust play, and have to steel themselves up for that, but it’s not that. I mean WWII is the backdrop, and a big part of the given circumstances of the play. But it’s really a human drama…a courtroom drama that unfolds in our 2 hours traffic on the stage. If you are on the fence about seeing it because you think it’s just too heavy, give it a look. I promise you that it is a great night in the theatre.
Thanks to all of the wonderful people who have come out. Kristina was saying tonight that she didn’t remember every having at least one person she knew come to every single performance of a show before. I’ve had more than that, and I’m humbled and thrilled by all the support. Love to you all!