Entry Number #1 of Countdown to the Classical Theatre of Harlem Production of FIT FOR A QUEEN
There is something terrifying about workshopping a play with a great cast act right before you are slated to go into production.
You’re not in production with a preview audience who have already bought tickets to see the show your team hasn’t made yet.
The adrenaline hasn’t kicked in.
Hysteria must be kept in check (or at least somewhat properly disguised).
You’re not allowed to let everything else in your life fall away (all the people who need you still have the right to act like they do).
You’re not yet worried about how incoherent or pompous you might come off in preview press pieces and interviews (or bemoaning the fact that you are not – in fact – getting enough preview press pieces and interviews).
You’re just working.
With a group of truthtellers (also known as actors)
There’s nothing like a first, right? A first kiss, a first love, a first play production.
A famous and fancy playwright took me aside on the opening night of my first off-Broadway play. He told me, “Feel this moment. There is nothing as thrilling as your first professional production. Every other premiere will just feel like one more. This is the most exciting time of your career.”
He was right. Of course, I didn’t know it then. I couldn’t.
Perhaps no other blog post I will ever be as exciting as this one is for me to write. Probably I won’t know it until I’ve been at this for years
Writing a blog feels somewhat like keeping a journal that you intentionally leave lying out, hoping a friend/lover/roommate will read it. To see you in your vulnerability. Your grappling. And to somehow know you better for it.
Note: I did read my first college roommate’s diary. I’m confessing this not because I am especially proud of my act...