Theatre Magic: Romeo & Juliet

R&J Wedding

Romeo & Juliet’s Wedding. Full Cast. Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, NYC

It’s been over a week since we closed, but I’m in serious denial that we’ve put Romeo & Juliet in the books. I’ve done a LOT of shows in the [number redacted] years that I’ve been in theatre, and – other than the obligatory bittersweet farewell – I’ve been able to accept the show closing and trudge forth. Not so with R&J. I keep using euphemisms for “over”, because to think that this production is done forever feels like being punched in the stomach repeatedly. In fact, I barely believe it actually happened. Did I dream it?

If you read my guest post on the lovely and talented Yvonne DeSalle’s blog, or if you’ve ever talked to me about Shakespeare for more than two minutes, Continue reading

Actor Brain vs. Producer Brain

Midsummer

It’s proven much more difficult than I’d imagined to gather my thoughts and convert them to blog form, while in the thick of a rehearsal process. Every step has felt deeply personal – too personal to openly discuss in the format that I had so far established. With that said, let me attempt to share some musings, some reflections as our final dress rehearsal for The Fools & Kings Project’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream approaches tonight.

Producer/Actor is not like Producer/Director. The other two full-length shows that I’ve produced before felt very, very different Continue reading

Opportunity Meets Preparation: Auditions

As an actor, auditions are my least favorite thing, and we have to do them all the time. I shake violently (with nerves? or just adrenaline? I still don’t know), I feel scatter-brained, and I want to hide my head in the sand like an ostrich till it’s over. One of my smaller goals in life is to go into an audition someday without wanting to run screaming. But until then, I’m learning to work with my nerves, ignore the shaking, and not wear three-inch spike heels, lest I fall over.

As a producer or director, I relish auditions. Not that I enjoy other actors’ nerves, because my heart goes out to them. I love basking in the talent. This past weekend was one of best weekends I’ve ever had, because man oh man, did I get to see a lot of excellent actors work. The Fools & Kings Project got lucky with the level of talent that came out for our very first show. I could gush about our powerhouse Midsummer cast for days,

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