In the past, I have always had a period of time in between shows. I’ve never been this busy with shows. Ever.
I seem to have a pattern. For approximately the two weeks after closing a show, I tend to fall into a slight depression from the sadness of not seeing this make shift “family” we’ve created over the past few months. We spend a lot of our time rehearsing and, as of late, getting together outside of theatre and hanging out. I truly regret not spending this much time with the amazing and incredible cast of “Promises, Promises.”
Well, these last few months have been so tied together that I haven’t had any time to mourn the finale of not only “Promises” but also “Knickers.” Once “Sugar” gets dissolved on Easter Sunday, I have several weeks before I begin working on “9-5” that I am dreading because it’s gonna hit me all at once. The sadness of knowing that there are some people you may never get the chance to work with again. That feeling of “it’s okay if you are totally bonkers, we like you anyway” gets pushed aside for the real world that frowns on anything other than the social norms. Some of your inside jokes won’t get shared anymore. And some of those amazing people won’t be there with hugs or smiles or laughs or all three when you’ve had a bad day. And speaking of bad days, there is no place for you to run away to for just a few hours to forget that day so you can think about it with a clearer head later on.
I’ve become friends with at least 60 new people over these last few months and I’ve had the chance to reconnect with at least 20 more. In the age of social media, there is nothing better than meeting wonderful people in person rather than on a website. I find there is something so invaluable when it comes to that personal interaction because it lightly ties you emotionally together through memory.
There has been a beautiful Maya Angelou quote floating around on the old F B:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
And I feel so blessed and grateful for meeting every single one of them.
I am honored that I get to call them Friends.
If you don’t hear from me after Easter for a while, now you know why…
Be well and do good, friends.