This month has felt a bit like a dream.
I got to work on a great show with a wonderful group of bipeds. We had some crazy hot weather in California and I hate the sun, so we all know how I feel about that. I actually was able to begin building my savings account again, even with extra bills to pay! ☜ That’s a big one.
I had so much fun working on Assassins for Los Altos Stage Company! The show got such great reviews. I had no idea what the show was about and I wasn’t planning on auditioning. Then I got a call from Lee Ann Payne saying, “hey I am directing a show. You should come and audition.” Of course, that wasn’t how she said it, but it was very casual. Then, a coworker explained the whole show to me. It was at that point that I thought “hell yeah! I have to do that show.” So I do owe them both credit for prompting me to audition. As often as I could, I watched all the scenes when I was off stage during the rehearsal process, seeing how the director and actors built up their characters and told their stories. I loved hearing the crazy things that are only said in theatre like “you’re giving the ‘fuck’ too much.” Once the show opened, I loved to listen to the scenes (especially the Fromme and Moore scenes) and chuckled at every joke that was found throughout the show. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard of Sondheim’s Assassins you can do a Youtube search, but here’s a description from MTI:
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassinscombines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.Assassins requires skilled singers who are also versatile actors. This is an ideal choice for mature audiences and will challenge your designers as they try to recreate famous moments and people in America’s history.
So you see, it is something that many people don’t want to be “entertained” with, especially in light of Donald Trump’s statements about 2nd Amendment-ers “taking care” of Hillary Clinton. So some people didn’t really like the material of the show, but they did appreciate the performances though it seems like the audience is “rooting” 👏 for Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, and the others during show, particularly at the end of each either completing their jobs or being executed themselves. The all performances were so good, from the top down the entire cast was so solid! Some were mesmerizing like Ken Boswell as Charles Guiteau, Philomena Block as Sarah Jane Moore, Alea Selburn as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, and Todd Wright as Sam Byke. It was a great show to be a part of and I am grateful for the chance to play with this group of actors, even if the unexpected heat did put a damper on the run. But this is one to remember, thanks to the timeliness of it as well as its own greatness
MY STARS!!! It is September! Why are we having this 90+ degree weather when global warming isn’t real!? (I totally believe in global warming. That was just a joke.) Yes, yes, I know that summer ended on the 21st, and can potentially stay warm through October. I know this academically, but I don’t wanna! LOL. I want it to stay like it was when I was a kid. Summer was only June thru August! I have made mention many times that I don’t enjoy being in the heat, so this felt like a slow painful Wicked Witch of the West type murder. 💀 What a world! What a world. Mercifully, the costumes weren’t too heavy, and considering one of my castmates had a suit that was made out of material that felt like the heaviest grade of wool cloth a person can find, I shouldn’t really complain. The important thing is we survived! And my beard and moustache stayed on when I needed it to! That is the real miracle here. Even if I did look a little like Mario. Special thanks to the Assassins cast for always singing the Super Mario music when I passed by… 😜😉
You know, here in the Bay Area, it takes a lot of solid, steady, well paying work in order to pay the rent/mortgage if you are an actor. Out of all the actors I know (and that is a TON of them) I believe all of us have survival jobs. Some of us like those jobs. Some of us don’t. Personally, I tend to vacillate between the two. Currently, I am grateful to have them as I know some people aren’t so fortunate. Now this month has been rife with extra bills to pay. Some expected, some not so much. For example, I decided I wanted to work out my brain with an anthropology class. Since I love to people watch, I figured this would be a good fit. I wasn’t expecting to cough up almost $400 bucks for it and that’s without the books. But it worked out. Then, stupid me got a parking ticket. $50. 💩! Then a smog and my car registration, which I was planning for. But then, to have to fix the exhaust pipe on the car on top of all that? Oh, I thought I was doomed. 😱 DOOMED, I tell you. Somehow, looking at my statements, everything did work out really well, and for the first time in a long time my savings account has funds flowing back into it. 👀 I never thought I would see that day again.
That has been my September in a oven roasted nut shell. Did you have a good month? Or was it like Green Day’s September, where you just want to hide out until it is over? Just like with the survival job, I went back and forth on this, too. I hated the weather. Loved the show. Hated the extra bills. Loved that I have done a bit of growing up. Hate that I just said that. Love that I am learning new things. Hate that I don’t write as much. BUT Love that you, dear reader, take the time to give this the once over. Thank you!
Tell me about your month! Did you learn something new about yourself? Did you do anything fun relating to theatre? I am all ears… er… eyes, I guess it would be.
Until next time!