Suckin' On Chili Dogs Outside The Tastee Freeze
First off, my deepest appreciation to all of you - near and far, friends and complete strangers - who've offered your condolences on my recent loss. I can't begin to express what a solace it's been, hearing both your kind words and stories of your own pets. Things are getting better, day by day, and much of the transition back to normality is thanks to all of you.
Oh yeah, life goes on.
Speaking of which, congratulations are in order to my friends John and Brynn who tied the knot this weekend. We hosted a pre-nuptual cabaret for them at the theatre on Friday, and then attended a beautiful ceremony-in-the-park across from their apartment on Saturday. My photos can be found here, and here, and no doubt more will be appearing in various and sundry places on-line very soon.
I'm also in the middle of assistant-directing the next production for Annex, which has also proven to be a welcome distraction these past few days.
And, to top off the positive news from the week: the show I proposed for next season, that was accepted, then scratched due to scheduling conflicts with the playwright, is now back on the season schedule (due to tremendous effort on the part of the playwright to resolve the conflicts, and thanks to a very generous Company for reconsidering the proposal), as well as announced on the web site, so I can now officially spill the beans:
October 17 - November 15
The Moon Is A Dead World
written by Mike Daisey, directed by Chris Comte
This first play by acclaimed monologuist Mike Daisey ("21 Dog Years", "Monopoly", "How Theater Failed America") weaves a vision of the brutal history of the Soviet space program with an unbelievable premise: a dead cosmonaut is called back down to Earth on a radio wave when Americans in a remote Arctic base hear the beating of his dying heart. A dark and hilarious fairy tale set against the Cold War, it asks what we risk in the struggle between will and humanity, and what it means to love beyond death itself.
The sharper-eyed among you will note this follows close on the heels of the current production; more specifically, interlace closes August 30th, and my first reading for "Moon" is September 1st, meaning - my summer is now officially shot.
Not that I'm complaining, mind you, but it basically boils down to not getting a break between now and the middle of October; I'm already starting the process of assembling a production team, and I'll need to hold auditions in early/mid July in order to see people before they start booking their fall productions. I've already sent a few inquiries out along both channels, and have some good people expressing interest - thankfully, Mike himself is a very good hook, and I'm going to play that for all it's worth (as he would no doubt encourage).
So, exciting times, much distraction, and plenty to do for now.
Labels: Annex, cats, directing, Theatre, weddings
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