Sunday, May 14, 2006

The Accidental Director

Click the title above to see what I've been up to this past week or so.

My lovely friend Pema, who is a brilliant writer among other things, let me know her LA friend was looking for a sort of co-creator/director for her impending one woman show. I figured I did not have anything to lose, might as well meet this lady, right?

Well, so I did. And the next thing you know, she is telling me her compelling true life story of moving west to be with a cowboy and we're suddenly talking set, lights and sound cues- before I'd even read a word. She's a hell of a story teller. But, you see, the script was not quite completed at that point. Katie had reams of journal entries, poetry, and short stories she had created to be part of the show, but they were just not- assembled.

Ok, so how much did I love getting the opportunity to string them together? Alot! And how much am I loving the fact that this woman trusts me to do it? Alot! And we are having a blast working together and the show goes up, for one night only, in less than a month.

Is this a bit scary? It would be if I wasn't confident that my actress has some serious chops- besides being great with memorization, she can sing, dance, and probably adlib her way out of a sealed body bag. I'm so excited to get to work with her, and am looking at this as great experience to apply to mounting my own one woman show someday.

To top it off, my dear friend Tash has been helping me choose monologues for my repetoire and her help has been absolutely invaluable. I think it is not out of the realm of possibility that I might even get new headshots in the not too distant future, and, well, maybe even get an agent. Katie has been kind enough to offer to put me in touch with hers.

So yeah, I am feeling generally excited artistically.

Did I mention my eye is almost healed, to boot?

Good times.