It has been one full week since my theatre production company finished our first show, Goodness, by Canadian playwright Michael Redhill. Goodness is not only one of the best shows I have ever worked on, it has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! It was a long road to the finish line, but I did it. WE did it!
I learned so much! I re-discovered, or rather really understood for the first time, how beautiful, challenging, and meaningful a few words can be: "How does it feel?" For 4 years I was just reading, reading, READING for a degree, like a machine on auto-pilot processing language without ever stopping to pause and appreciate how the most average words can be arranged side by side and evoke such strong emotions, ideas, and images. I fell in love with words and language all over again.
I made some new friends and got to know some old friends a lot better. I respect my cast and crew so much for their unwavering passion, commitment to me, and dedication to the play. They brought my vision to life and showed me things that I didn't even know were there.
And I learned a lot about myself. I went into this balls-deep not knowing exactly what I was doing. Just because I loved this play and because I thought it would be amazing didn't mean anyone else would. But I just had a feeling that it would turn out okay. After a wobbly beginning, failure was not even an option. I had a lot to prove to everyone and to myself. And I think I did.
A review stated the show was "thespian gold" and "black box theatre the way it should be done." I heard positive things from a lot of people, so it was a relief and affirming to know that other people appreciated as much as I did the power that this play possesses and liked my execution of it.
... And now it's over. And I'm moving on to other things. I have another play in the works, (Leo by Canadian playwright Rosa Laborde) to be performed sometime in the fall. I'm co-producing a play written by a friend, Kierston Drier, called All Things Beautiful. I am directing a staged reading of my good friend Lia Karidas's musical A Good Bad Song.
Unlike last summer when I went traipsing off to Quebec to learn French, or went to Stratford to study Shakespeare and performance techniques, I have 4 months with no definite plans. I have decided to keep to my resolution to try something that scares me (or at least intimidates me). I'm going to take vocal or dance lessons - or do both! I have always wanted to! I may even take a French course to keep up with the language.
I'm just going to do what I have been doing the past 3 months with success: trying new things, meeting new people.