As I write this it is Sunday night, and I am sitting in the dressing room at the Tidemark as we do our first run through on stage. I have no idea what I am going to write about. So hold on for a stream of consciousness. It will either be earth shattering or extremely dull. 🙂
I’m facing a full week ahead of me with no time off. Starting Tuesday, I will be in this building from 9 am to 9:30 or 10 pm, unless I leave to grab a quick dinner, because I work here. Selling tickets during the day, and on stage at night.
There is a part of my mind that dreads not leaving here. It’s any employee’s nightmare, right? To be stuck in your workplace and not able to leave.
And then there is the excited anticipation of being in front of an audience. For some of you, that may be your worst nightmare! I enjoy being up on stage, though. Public speaking doesn’t frighten me. I can’t wait to hear the laughter, the enjoyment of the audience.
For the last two and a half months, a dozen people have been working together to create something for the sole purpose of entertaining others – sharing a laugh. We have taken words on a page and given them life. Many of us hardly knew each other at the beginning of the process. In fact, at the audition, we were each others’ competition. And we have formed bonds and relationships that will (hopefully) read as genuine to the audience. Because they are. I care about what is going on in the lives of the people onstage and backstage.
In a couple of days, we will offer the gift of laughter to our community – an opportunity to step away from the challenges and doldrums of day to day life. It is an escape from reality, in a way that film and television can never reproduce. Good live theater draws you in. You are in the same room with real people as things are happening, and the only separation is the distance between you and the stage.
One of my favorite quotes is:
Theater is life. Film is art. Television is furniture.
Whether you are nearby and can make it to The Odd Couple this week, or if you are too far to come here, turn off your tv and take in a live theater performance this week, and experience life from a different perspective. Besides, who couldn’t use a good laugh?