Recently a friend of mine asked the question, what would you name your theatre company?
Ever since then, I have been trying to figure out what mine would be if I had one. I don’t know if it’s conceited to come up with the name on my own. I do know that I wouldn’t use my name in it. I also know that I would love to have something that spells out a word with just the initials.
I found sites that can help create visual logos, but you kinda can’t make a logo if you don’t have a name.
But I am jumping way ahead of myself. That’s not for a few years out.
Tonight, we began setting lighting cues for Zombie Prom. The process is slow going. The only thing I have a hard time with the process is that chatting and giggling are frowned upon. Those are the two things that are done when you are just standing around on stage with people you enjoy. I think I was told to “shhhhhh” about 50 times. It was like elementary school all over again. The only difference is that I didn’t have my name on the board with 5 or 6 check marks by it.
So, any thoughts on what to call a future theatre company?
I love when I talk to people that I am working with. And I don’t mean the usual “Hi, how are you?” kind of stuff. I was so lucky that I had the opportunity to chat with Teatro Vision’s Artistic Director Elisa Alvarado. I am currently working on editing the interview for a podcast, so YAY!!
During my talk with her, I feel like I learned more about why I want to open my own theatre company some day. I doubt that I would be lucky enough to have the same sort of eventful career that she got to have. I think in my head, what I picture is, as Elisa explained to me in the interview, more of a collective than a “company.” There’s something to be said about surrounding yourself with people that you truly enjoy working with and creating good times and experiences with. I hope you enjoy the interview when I get it posted.
The other thing that I love about doing these interviews is that it just inspires me to keep going, to keep working, to keep dreaming, to keep enjoying, and to keep protesting. To make sure that I should do everything I can to help companies that I believe in and to promote the artists that I admire and enjoy.
Now that “Shakespeare 3 Ways” has played it’s final performance, and the set has been taken apart and stowed away, and the theatre has been dark for a day or two. I am getting a little anxious at the thought of the coming weekend arriving and me without a show to perform, or even any rehearsals to ease the withdrawal I tend to feel during those first two weeks away from a show. I got so used to seeing the people that I was working with that it’s almost the same as “coming home.” I guess it’s that sense of familiar that I crave. I know that at a certain time, I would be on the road to the venue, and then I will have odd things to wear, whispered conversations behind the curtain as the audience files into the house. This weekend instead of the above mentioned scenario, I’m gonna be either at home watching a movie, or hanging out with friends which is always fun, or maybe reading, or writing. But I know that it won’t be performing, and that makes me a wee bit blue.
At the end of the show last Sunday, Craig asked for a few minutes to get some closure on his work being brought to life “officially.” As he began walking the stage, in one archway and out another, around the back of the main curtain, at the far end of the stage nearest the emergency exit and up onto his kingly throne once more, I wondered what was happening in his head. He first steps on that stage at that particular time had so much of “something” in them that I felt compelled enough to grab my camera and shoot some pictures. I couldn’t say what that “something” was, but it felt major. So much so that now that I’ve seen the images I’ve gotten, I almost feel embarrassed for taking them. The moments seem to private that I don’t feel like I should share them. On the other hand, I can’t delete them. So they shall sit in my computer as a memory for me. A memory about the time when a group of people took a chance and cast me in two roles that originally called for someone quite the opposite of, well, me. And when I see those pictures, I will wonder “What is going through his mind?” Is it happiness that a new theatre company that you’ve helped to create is up and running? Is it panic, regarding the turn out of the audience? Is it sadness that the show has come to an end? Is it regret that the show was different than what you intended? Is it a combination of all of the above? Maybe it’s similar to the withdrawals that I will have this weekend, but he’s just solving that problem with true closure. Maybe one day, years from now, I’ll ask him.
The other day my great friend, Sarah, asked…”Who is your audience? Who are you trying to connect with? Is it strictly other people that are involved with theatre and such, or is it for everyone?”
My goal is to be as inclusive as possible so I would LOVE to be a service to all of you. So, I would like to take a moment and find out from you, the public, what it is that I can do to bring the Arts to life for you? What is it that you would like to hear about? Is there a particular theatre company that you would like me to feature? Maybe a local show that is being performed is something that you would like me to talk about or interview someone in? In any case, let me know.
Just like theatre, this is a collaborative effort, and I am pretty easy to work with. So, why not hit me up with an email, or a message on Facebook (See my link on the right hand margin).