Today was one of those days when every project I’m working up ganged up on me.
Last night was closing for Hive 3. I did the math: in a week and a half we did 70 performances of House/Home. Three weeks ago the show didn’t exist and now it no longer exists, except as a text document outlining the movements & as a few photos. This morning we packed up the last of our stuff out from the venue and it was sad to say good bye to the whole thing. But that’s the reality of the impermanence of theatre.
Today in Vancouver there was a series of panels called Backstage with Jackson where local theatre practicioners discuss what it’s like to make a life in the theatre. I sat in for the 1pm panel to do a live blog for the official World Theatre Day site. One of my favourite comments was from Kenji Maeda who said,
“I think that using new media or projections or new techniques brings in new audiences which is very important. I think if we are not adapting to what the community – or younger audiences are seeing – if they think theatre is only Shakespeare or kids wearing flowers or being a clown, then they are going to be turned off of theatre. I think new media is one way of doing it. But I also think that marketing traditional theatre in a new way is another angle. Theatre is about reflecting what the community is at a specific time.”
It’s interesting at least in part because it ties into the whole conversation about theatre marketing that’s been happening over on Simon’s blog.
Glass City Theatre. That was another two hour meeting and a whole lot of brain food for the next week. What are my skills? What responsibilities do I want to take on? Am I really ready for this? Does it matter? What have I gotten myself into? THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME.
Rehearsals for Refuge of Lies start tomorrow at Pacific Theatre. I’m almost ready. I want to do some baking for first read tomorrow, and I have a little bit more paperwork to do. But I am feeling more confident about being ready for these rehearsals than I have before. Of course, that usually means I’m totally forgetting about something, but I’m going to choose happy ignorance for the moment.
And now it’s 8:49pm and I’m sitting here wondering where today went and whether I should be doing something more useful than blogging & watching Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog. So far I can’t figure out anything more useful than Neil Patrick Harris & Joss Whedon singing a commentary to me while I bake, so I’m going to do that.