It’s no secret that things have been a bit quiet around here lately, with my recent retirement from the theatre and the quest for a healthier me I’ve had little inspiration for actually sitting down and typing. I’ve toyed with the idea of closing up shop so speak; thinking my time here is done, what more do I have to offer the blog-LA-sphere when anything I may want to say has already been scooped by angelenic, laist, curbedLA or one of the thousands of other blogs out there. But then I think, my goal is not to break any great news…I’m simply putting forth an opinion or observation and gently assisting those who do google searches for lofts or downtown or the random actor looking for a review of their most recent theatrical performance. So with that, I’m sticking around for the time being and will continue to search the grey matter and this great city for inspiration…which coincidentally brings me to the inspiration for this post.
The theatre company that I have spent much of the past 10 years with is opening a new show this weekend and for once I am not in the booth. Wahoo!!! I really cannot express how excited I am at this newfound freedom from the theatre. My after-work time is now spent doing yoga and spinning and pilates and dancing and hiking and (art)walking and laundry. And I love it. I miss the extra spending money and will soon probably look for a part-time job to fill up the gaps because I am most definitely a work-a-holic and can always squeeze something else into my schedule, but for now it’s all about me.
But back to the new show opening tonight. Tooth and Nail was written by fellow company member and CSULB Theatre Department Alum, Gena Acosta, and is featured in today’s Los Angeles Times “The Guide” section. In addition, just last week the readers of Backstage West voted for us as the best theatre company to see and act with. Yay for us! It’s been a long road to hoe but our many years of hard work are just beginning to get us noticed. In a town where most people prefer to go to the movies or a bar versus watching live theatrical entertainment it can be difficult for many theatre companies to sustain the energy of producing plays year after year. And even when audiences do recognize your efforts it still doesn’t quite cover the bills. But we continue anyways, for love of the craft. Something that’s difficult to fully understand unless you live it on a nightly basis, which is what I miss most about my time in the booth.
Which brings me to yet another tangent…I may, or may not, actually have a small role in the new show…and I may, or may not, divulge anymore info in the days to come…