Occupy Wall St and Cat Lady
October 28th, 2011 → Leave a comment
Big freaking news! My new ensemble show CAT LADY is looking super fly and premieres in San Francisco next week at ODC Theater November 4-6!
If you live near Tampa, Fl, we also have a showcase for my esteemed artist colleagues and theater presenters on December 9 at the National Performance Network Annual Meeting!
This show went up in March in Houston, and totally aged me twenty years trying to make. I will never do a show about depression and suicide again! I will also never do a show about existential crises and loneliness brought on from aforementioned show!
However! Whilst sitting in rehearsals this past week I couldn’t help but think… “Damn! This is genius!” This show is proof how theater is indeed a living breathing art. We’re discovering so many layers to words we’ve been saying for months. Even the cast has remarked how in just a few months, the script sits differently in our bodies. And with some distance to the work, we’ve been able to fix some holes in the script that I could never quite figure out in March.
I’m in that “week before a big show” mode where I spend the whole day in bed typing because the work starts and ends when the sun goes down.
In radio life, my commentary on Occupy Wall St aired a few weeks back on American Public Media’s Marketplace show. I got thrown with a new commentary assignment in the midst of everything and spent most of last night tearing my hair out writing a new commentary about Virginia Rometty, new CEO of IBM. I passed out sideways on my bed.
What I love about being a radio commentator is the timeline moves FAST! And I have to adapt quickly and learn a lot about the business world in a matter of hours. It used to be that theater was the immediate response to the world, film was the slow and tedious one. Now it feels like theater takes forever.