Friday, October 10, 2008

Working Actress

I've been in rehearsals for the obscure Strindberg play. I have a lot of down time, as I am in only two scenes. The scene they had me read at the audition was pretty juicy, so I figured this was a fair sized role, but it turns out I have that scene and another one in which I have THREE lines. But the great thing is that when I am on I'm ON, and I never, ever have to stand in the back and fake a conversation or pretend I have reason to be there and be interested in what is happening with the other characters, so it's all good. Plus, I've been getting a lot of reading done, and finished the much recommended (and much enjoyed) Water for Elephants solely at rehearsals. I'm also making a dent in my pile of unread American Theatre magazines (and reading those always make me yearn to work and create and be involved in theatre).

We open in less than a week, but from here on out all my downtime at rehearsals and during shows will be dedicated to learning the lines for my next show. I'll be playing the narrator in the stage version of this classic book which I just read for the first time this past January. I'm very excited, as of course it's a great story, and is being produced by the company I got offered the other part with and had to turn it down because I had committed to the Strindberg play. So... yay me! I'll actually miss the first three rehearsals because of tech week for the current show, and then as soon as this show ends will enter into tech for the next show... which means that I won't even get a week off between shows. But I'm thrilled. I am.

Starting Sunday I won't be home a single evening until November 9th, which is a bit rough. I'll miss the bedtime routine with The May Queen, but I know I'll be leaving her in good hands. And it will make it all the more sweet when I return to it.

But, oh... I'm back on the boards. And I needed this. It had been too long.

14 comments:

flutter said...

I think this is wonderful

No Mother Earth said...

Time to do a show AND read? That's my idea of heaven.

I'm worried about missing the bedtime routine when I start my show, so please send any assurances you can that I won't be forgotten..

Mary G said...

Way to go MQ -- wonderful news and I look forward to hearing how it all goes.
I did a stint in municipal politics for eight years that required a lot of evenings out, starting when my kids were 5 and 6. Dad did the whole bedtime routine. And rigged an intercom so that he could work in the garage after bedtime. They all three thrived on this, I assure you and no mo, and it was most amusing that there was a Daddy routine and a Mommy routine, quite different, and never to be mixed. This experience would lead me to comment that you should be confident that all will be well.

Melissa said...

Yay you! Isn't it great to start doing for yourself again. Enjoy!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Congrats and enjoy! It's so good to do the work you love.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I'm happy for you, congrats! and I LOVE that book, what a great thing to narrate.

Does this mean we'll be without you too?

Kyla said...

Fun and exciting. My evenings are full 4 nights a week, but the kids and Josh make it through.

Angela said...

Woohoo!!!!! Congrats!

Chaotic Joy said...

Sigh. I am a wee bit jealous of your life. Congrats on all the parts. That classic books is one of my favorites ever.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

yay for reading and for another play!

Furrow said...

Congratulations on this part! And good luck to Dad and MQ. I hope they perform their roles well.

Beck said...

That does sound like SO much fun.

JCK said...

Congrats on the roles and having something for you. For YOUR center. :)

Louise said...

Good for you! I'm glad you love this. If I were not going to be home one single evening until November 9, I'd probably run away, but I am happy for those in the world that will be getting some rewarding satisfaction from the inconvenience!