There Is A 5th Dimension
So, my friend Teri calls me up at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. She's just taken on a new volunteer gig as Managing Director for a local fringe theatre.
T: "Hey, remember a couple years back, when you wrote that review of The Twilight Zones?" (This theatre has permission from the Late Mr. Serling's estate to produce live theatrical versions of the original series scripts).
Me: "Um, yeah..."
T: "Remember how you said you hated the direction the shows were going, and wanted to see them go back to how they'd been done originally?"
T: "Well, how'd you like to put your money where your mouth is?"
Which was her pointed way of asking me if I'd like to direct the next round of episodes. Who could pass up that kind of challenge?
But, of course, I did have a few questions:
Me: "Um, when do these open?"
T: "January 26th."
Me: "Okaaaay, and rehearsals would need to start - ?"
T: "Right after the New Year."
Me: "Yeah, so that means I need to schedule auditions for - "
T: "Um, next Sunday would be good."
Me: "Right. So, all I need to do between now and then is figure out which ones to do, develop a cast breakdown, send out an audition announcement, and maybe set up a rehearsal schedule and find a design and tech staff."
T: "Oh, we can help with some of that."
Me: "Thanks, I was hoping that's what you'd say."
Actually, it's not quite as crazy as it sounds: picking the scripts, and casting will be the toughest, most hectic decision-points, but the rehearsal scheduling should be fairly smooth, since I know I'll get at least three days/evenings a week in the theatre, and I have access to a space at my office that would suffice for other days.
Still, it would have been NICE to have gotten the call a couple of weeks ago.
So, between this, and my invitation to perform in the next round of 14/48 (The World's Quickest Theatre Festival), AND doing PR for the next Annex Theatre production - not to mention my regular "day job" activities (and we'll throw in scheduling an Actors' Equity membership meeting, just to put the cherry on top of the Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor 'Mt. Hood' sized sundae), January 2007 is shaping up to be a rather BUSY month.
on 9:19 PM