“Best laid plans of mice and men…” Daily, I wanted to blog my process of creating and producing a one woman show, my show, Dusty Shoes. Well, it’s hard to do that. Every inch of my time has been devoted to getting this piece up and running.
Believe it or not, we open THIS week at the Regina Fringe Festival. I will back track in my process as it’s been incredibly fascinating, and involved. I have learned so much.
But not now.
Now, I should be in bed, getting rest before I catch my plane, early tomorrow morning for Regina. But, I wanted to post something, anything, that marked this occasion.
I’m excited, nervous, calm, wired, tired, deliriously happy, and in awe that my project is actually happening, actually coming to fruition. I had a taste of what the fruits of my labour will be at my dress rehearsal before about 20 people last Thursday evening at the Presentation House Theatre. The results were beyond my expectations.
On that note…. I will see you in Regina, in a cafe, no doubt, when I finally have some time to write more. Bon voyage!!
Currently, I could call every blog post “Juggling” as that is my chronic state. I’ve never had so many interesting tasks to do, simultaneously, in my life. Want to test your focus, stamina (ack! sleep!), domestic control, and your creativity? Write, produce, and act in a one person show.
Recently, the producer in me starting to hustle the writer in me as the actor in me started to knock on the writer’s door every day, demanding the script. The actor has been pacing around, anxious to get rehearsing as she could see time ticking. I don’t blame her.
Things continue to rock and roll with the creation of Dusty Shoes. My last post of “Hat Juggling” pretty much sums up what will continue until showtime. However, doing as much of the producing part before full on rehearsals, and the opening seems to me to be a smart thing to do.
Which hat am I wearing currently? That is the question I am most posing myself these days.
I actually love wearing hats, and at one point in my life was a hat maker (milliner), but that’s another story!
These days, however, I’m juggling the producer hat, the marketer hat, the social media “expert” hat, the fundraiser hat, the graphic artist hat, the writer hat, the actor hat, and all the other “normal” life hats. Okay… maybe those … Continue reading Hat Juggling…→
If you think doing a solo show is all about doing everything “on your own”, you’re wrong. Now is the time when you truly need a team more than ever. And, it’s a humbling experience.
On Friday, May 3rd, I marveled at the meeting of minds when I introduced my director, Dean Fogal, to Tom Carter, artist/composer, and now our sound designer. As I suspected the creative juices would start flowing and … Continue reading A Solo Show Isn’t…→