Block 449: May 30, 2014


Trying to keep my eyes on the prize today.

We’re so close.

Date: May 30, 2014

Crane: 449

Days Spent on Project: 467

Location: Conway, Arkansas

Person I would have sent it to: The summer of 2008 was crazy-busy with work for Fela!, as we tried to get it ready for it’s opening in the Fall. Marina did hire two other assistants (Anne K. [Crane 325] and Jess F. [Crane 326]) to help with the work. As we neared the time to head into the theater on 37th Street, we also had to hire a wardrobe team to help run the show… because it was a big show filled with people dancing for 2.5 hours. We needed people to help with laundry.

Tera B. was one of the women we hired for that arduous task. As the show went into tech rehearsals and into its run (and the extension), Tera was the one who kept things running and organized. She was able to make things happen and keep people happy, which was no small feat!

Also, back in the summer of 2008, I had dreams of leaving my Brooklyn apartment and trying to find something affordable (ha!) in Manhattan. The 50 minute commute to the Garment District was getting really old, incredibly quickly, and I also wanted to be closer to the guy I was dating at the time- Jimmy L. Tera tried to convince me to move up to Washington Heights. I went up there on one of my days off to check out the neighborhood on one of my few days off. That was back in 2008; I eventually moved to the UES into a crazy-tiny apartment in 2009… only to move to Washington Heights in 2012.

Tera tried to convince me 6 years ago (!) that the neighborhood was great and welcoming and surprisingly full of theater people. In 2014, I agree with her.

Music I listened to while sewing: It’s too early to listen to music today. Sorry.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Today, I am trying to stay focused. I am trying to stay positive about the work and the experience. I know it will all get there, and I do think it’s going to look interesting and fun. It could look really great. I’m actually surprised by the work we’re able to do here.

But I am telling myself to keep my expectations managed and proceed only with cautious optimism. (Caution: curveballs ahead!)

I am so incredibly thankful that I don’t have to rush back to New York City after this experience. I know that I will need some time to decompress away from people and theater and work for a bit.

Yesterday was rough.


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