This all got more real yesterday when I gave notice to terminate our lease and last night we picked up a motherlode of moving boxes from a nice lady who had just moved into the area and was giving them away for free. So, for the next month or so, it is all about stuff, moving stuff, storing stuff, getting rid of stuff, and well…. stuff. It's also about breaking up with doctors, pharmacists, and other relationships as well.
As to the work thing, we're putting out feelers on a number of fronts and have some interesting discussions going on. Beyond the already mentioned gig directing Things My Mother Taught Me at Circa 21 in September, there's nothing solid to share yet. Also don't forget that fans of Southern Crossroads will have two opportunities the next two months to see that show at Derby Dinner Playhouse (August 20-September 29) and at Circa 21 (August 14-September 21). The run at Murry's Dinner Playhouse has just concluded and was so successful they've expressed interest in the prequel Steve and I wrote, Southern Crossroads: The New Orleans Adventure. The success that theaters are having with Southern Crossroads is leading to more interest for next season so we remain excited about that potential. Folks like shows that make money and make audiences stand up and cheer.
I keep getting questions wondering if I'm looking to run a theatre again. The answer at the moment is a firm "no." It's not that I've been there and done that, but it is. Quite honestly with things as unsettled as they seem to be around the country with board leadership (or lack thereof), financial pressures, and more things that have less to do with doing theatre than keeping them alive, in my mind I've got enough bruises on my head to think about giving that a go again. At least for the moment. Never say never, right? I also think this is a younger person's game these days, or at least a person younger than me.
Quite honestly I enjoyed very much directing my last show at Wayside Theatre, Boeing Boeing. The reason? All I did was direct the show. I wasn't responsible for the myriad of other duties that come with running a theatre. Quite a few folks have commented to me that this showed positively n the work. That's flattering on the one hand and pisses me off on the other.
Again, thanks to all of the true friends and family who have been supportive through the beginning of this transition. When you are skating on thin ice it is nice to know you've got a few folks hanging on to a tether line in case the ice breaks.
Oh, and a good friend challenged me last night about something I've always said during my many adventures at Wayside Theatre. As we faced many challenges along the way, I'd say about some of the crazier ones that they would make an interesting chapter in the book I'll write someday. My friend asked if I was really going to do that. The answer is yes. I mean, think about it. The last few chapters are going to be quite interesting don't you think?