Well it is the day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday” as it is commonly referred to, and I am sitting at a computer at my temp job thinking about my preparations for my extended stay in NY beginning next week.
It was about this time last year when the applications for the Directors’ Project went up, and so for this past year the Drama League has been a huge part of my life. For that I am tremendously thankful.
It is bitter-sweet that our fall fellowship will conclude in just under 3 weeks time, and the 4 of us will be off in the world (Des still under the auspice of the fellowship at Playmakers Rep). I can only begin to explain what this experience has been for me because I will reach the point where words fail. For the last 7 months I have been in rehearsal halls, techs, previews, design meetings, casting sessions, off and on Broadway shows, producers’ offices, actors’ dressing rooms, a lodge in the Berkshires, and here with you on this blog, and it has been the time of my life. And on a personal level I feel like I have achieved the impossible, because I have done it all while being a single mom (and as a member of a few other socioeconomically under privileged groups).
Now as I gear up for DirectorFest, I know that the rest is up to me; to go out in the world and make the art I am passionate about with people who inspire me, that I believe in, trust, and admire. IT IS SCARY, but I am ready, and so grateful for the time, investment, and resources of Roger, Gabriel, and the Drama League, and the camaraderie and support of the other fellows (fall, summer, musical, classical, present and past) has been terrific. (If you are reading this because you think you want to apply to the Directors’ Project, YOU MUST DO IT).
MY CALIFORNIA is all cast, and I couldn’t be more excited about these three women. This show has very quickly become an incredibly personal story for me and I am thrilled to bring it to life with these breath taking actors.
So I have a quick turn around trip on Monday to NY and back for our big production meeting, and then on Wednesday, Jordyn and I pack up for our 2 week stay in the big bad apple. WOW!
Diving in, in 5…4…3…2…