The masses have spoken! (Or at least the people in my immediate family). The blog is back! We are kicking off another year at Shakespeare by the Sea and this year I am not only acting in one of the shows, doing stage combat, and blogging, but I am also directing one of the shows. What? That’s right. I am super excited to announce that I am directing “All’s Well that End’s Well.” I am bound and determined to collapse from utter exhaustion this season…we’ll start a pool to see on which date I spontaneously combust.
How did this happen, you ask. Well, last year I submitted to direct “Two Gents.” And as we say in the business, “they went another way.” Such is life in the theatre. One must have a tough skin, get used to rejection, not take anything personally, so after 4 or 5 days of sobbing in my closet while eating nothing but Thin Mints, I emerged refreshed and ready to play Mercutio. (I did have to lose about 10 pounds, because despite their name, Thin Mints do not make you thin). And if you’ve been following my blog, and why wouldn’t you, you already know that last year was a magical experience and all was well.
So this year, when I was approached to submit a “concept” for “All’s Well,” I submitted one saying they should hire somebody else. I just wanted to act in the shows this year. I didn’t mention that I refuse to give another cent to those girl scouts and their misleadingly delicious cookies. So, they hired a good friend of mine to direct. A very talented fellow. A true artist. But it turns out that Utah Shakes got wind of this and swooped in and stole him away from us. And since I was directing “Chapter Two” at Little Fish at the time, and happened to be around…well I ended up with the gig! It’s a crazy business. Make your children grow up to be Doctors.
So, I cut the script. We cast our shows. We had an unbelievable turnout of talent at auditions! I think this year is going to be the best yet at SBTS…right up until I collapse!