Why haven’t you been blogging, Carla? I have been learning how to make a theater company run. Grants? Rehearsal schedules? Booking space? Talking to artists? Finding designers? Holy. Cow. I already had five jobs. Now I have a sixth that is actually a 6th,7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. But it is exciting. So exciting. I’m working on my first program for 2g–it’s called 13: Instant Vaudeville. You should really come see it. There will be clowns and puppets and a dude with a guitar. And an improv and a couple of new songs and a couple of new plays and a lot of surprises like spontaneous interpretations of Ed Lin’s “Snakes Can’t Run” and special guest Kelly Tsai. Full lineup will be out soon. But 35 artists in total have donated their time and talent to collaborate on feats of wonder and magic. Please come. And tickets are selling out fast. But, you should also really see Rescue Me which will surprise and delight. David Greenspan, as our trickster goddess storyteller marvels as Artemis and Julian Barnett breaks the heart as Orestes and Jennifer Ikeda is one tough chick. And there’s Paco Tolson. And if Paco’s in it, it’s gonna be good.
And of course, there’s a Cool Dip on the Barren Saharan Crick.
Kia has woven some wondrous things, I think. And Will Harper mesmerizes as the man with water running through his fingers.
In other news, I was a guest in Michael Wiggins’ Dramatic Activities in the HS Classroom class at NYU on Monday. It was kind of a brilliant exercise in that he got his class into groups and had guest TAs join them and then together we tried to plan a residency. I wish someone had done this with me 10 years ago! It did confirm for me the beauty of the Lincoln Center Institute planning methodology which has been so useful to me and which I peppered in along the way in our group planning. It really does work, get everyone on the same page, and it’s wildly efficient. But, it was a case again, where I got to learn from colleagues and future colleagues, while at play. I felt lucky to be learning.