Wednesday, November 24, 2010
EDGAR ALAN AND POE --THE AFTERMATH
Well, it has been a very long time since I've written here, but "Edgar Alan and Poe" turned out to be very blessed in some ways and very cursed in others. The good thing is that we grossed about over a thousand dollars, but the expenses certainly ate a lot of that up. Lessons learned? Never beg an actor to stay in a show that he has no capacity for learning lines and songs. This guy actually offered me a thousand dollars if he could quietly exit. I should have quietly taken the money and found somebody else. Second lesson: screen people very carefully at auditions. if they are out of work especially-- that's reg flag time. Third lesson? Never ever mention the name of Macbeth on stage. I am convinced this age old curse is right as rain. We had a cast member who tried to commit suicide; one get sick with pneumonia and put in the hospital. A member of the crew had two flat tires at once on one night and had the computer so we couldn't go on that night ether. Lighting didn't work. One night we had a complete black out. It was great producing this show and we had some of the best cast members and the best crew ever, but wow-- some of these things just blew me and poor John Nugent away! We did get the video recorded and John Nugent added fancy titles to the work last night. But we will go on with our next show called "THE BREMEN TOWN BOYS" with auditions on December 6th and 7th at the Actor's Garden Theatre in Hollywood. Cat Deobler will direct and we describe it as "The Brothers Grimm Meet Noises Off". It's very funny and filled with witty lines and double entrandes. So I really want to thank Cat, Zane, Bryce, David Marc, Micahel, Perry, Julie and Diego and everybody else for giving us their all! There were many many lessons learned here. I find it so amazing that so many crazy things happened to us along the way! Meeting Perry Sites and cat Deobler alone made up for so much sorrow. Bryce Kidman is a genius and Zane Grogan really created a wonderful character. So with all things considered, it was worth the effort and we will put this show back on with all the lessons learned firmly in place!