Block 234: October 16, 2013



What’s that cliche exactly…

Do one thing every day that scares you?

Date: October 16, 2013

Crane: 234

Days Spent on Project: 241

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Royd C.

When I first worked with the National High School Institute back in 2000, Royd was one of the ten directors for the final productions of the summer. He was very big into Viewpoints at the time. Being a rising college senior, I was fascinated with them as an Big Idea; no one at Kenyon, or at the British American Drama Academy, would really deal with them.

Incredibly, incredibly intelligent, he would tackle difficult plays with the students. 17 year olds taking on Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest?

Sure, why not!

And I think that’s kind of what made the students respect him. I never had the chance to work with him directly as an assistant or a designer, but he never seemed to back down from a challenge.

Music I listened to while sewing: I’ve had some dance music on this morning. It didn’t really do much for me.

I’ve now got The Shangri-Las playing.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: The week’s first new challenge happens today.

I’ve volunteered to do (act in? perform? dance? sell drinks? take tickets? stand there? leer? pass out candy? who knows?) a Halloween event for a theater company. I don’t know anything, other than a brief description of the party that was sent as a general public announcement, about it. All I do know is to show up at a building for a rehearsal today.

The last time I performed, it was five years ago, and it was in an international theater festival. I’m not sure I’ll be asked to do much “heavy-lifting” for this specific; I can’t imagine it’ll be too arduous. It’s more than likely it’ll be a tedious thing, and I’ll have to pour drinks for people, but…

…But,  it might be fun. It’ll be a new experience. I don’t think it will lead to anything else, really. But I was looking for something to look forward to, something to have on the horizon, and this opportunity came in the way of a forwarded email from a friend.

Who am I to not to read into that? Time to say “yes” to an experience, you know?

At the very least, I’m sure I’ll have a reason to dress up for Halloween this year and go out.

Okay, cheers to you all.

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