Saturday, May 25, 2013

Frustration


Ever have one of those weeks where everything seems to be working against you? Like no matter how much you try, nothing seems to work out? That was my last week. People like to say “Ah, it’ll be fine, everything will all work out”, and its true, but it still sucks having to go through it all because you have to put up with annoying people, disappointments, and loss of sleep, amiright?

If you haven’t yet clicked back to Facebook, either you want to hear the happy ending, or you like reading about me suffering. Either way, keep reading.

So, before I left for my vacation I had been working with the Hudson River Park and they had
SO MUCH ROAD TRIP FUN
nearly guaranteed me a performance space. They had told me that would email me a confirmation within a week, so I expected to get the good news at some point on my road trip home. Speaking of which, it was a blast. Check out the webpage on Trackmytour.com to see photos from all that I did!

Then Mic and I drove 16 hours back to New York, and I still hadn’t heard from them. I was starting to get very worried.  Well, once I got back to New York, after sending multiple emails and making tons of call, they send me a little email this past Monday saying that they would no longer be able to host us due to conflicting programming. I was floored. It was like I was building a dam, and then they said I couldn’t use bricks, and now I’m holding back all the water. I had 18 actors and actresses, a choreographer, a stage manager, a music director I drove a thousand back from Iowa with, and now no place to do my show. AHHH. Plus mix in the average amount gritty New York City anger and regular ol' life frustration, and the pot of water that was my mind was boiling over.

Tuesday. No progress. I needed to find both a rehearsal space and a performance space on a showstring of a budget. Both myself and my brothers are incredibly grateful for all the finical support that people gave us in our April fundraiser, and it’s helped us get this far, but believe me when I tell you New York is expensive! Average rates for a rehearsal room run about twenty dollars and hour. And to rent a stage or a black box performance space is around 200 dollars and hour. We simply do not have that kind of money.

So Zach and Mic and I began thinking. Hard thinking. Like obsessive one-track mind kind of thinking. We explored every kind of possible space we could perform in: Parking lots, parks, offices, apartments, rooftops, underwater, library's,  public spaces... we didn’t actually talk about underwater, but wouldn’t that be cool?

Anyways, fast forward through Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and we still haven’t found a space to perform. We found a rehearsal space that is very affordable, and nearly brand new which means no one really knows about it yet, so we jumped on that. Check out our brand new website TheStampBros.com to find out more about that. But we still haven’t found a home for our show. We have a few leads, but nothing solid yet. I tricked you! There is no happy ending in this post. Not yet anyways. Hopefully that’ll be in next weeks post. Or maybe the week after. But, ha. No resolution.

Tomorrow we have our first read through, and Mic and I are super excited to get started on that. We have a beautiful and talented cast, an amazing choreographer, and a lovely stage manager all passonate about getting the play off the ground. So stay tuned because things are about to get very very interesting. Until Next Time!


“Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” 
― Tyrion LannisterA Game of Thrones




Friday, May 10, 2013

Travel Tripping

Today I am excited. I am excited because I am flying home. I have been away from home for 9 months and 2 days. Its the longest I have ever been out of the state of Iowa. If it weren't for me being blessed with visitors from home like every three weeks I probably would have gotten homesick, but amazingly I never did.

I love technology. I wrote a rather lengthy blog post awhile back about my obsession with it, and how I have been surrounded by it from my infancy, and so I'm always on the look out for the coolest new thing like I will own Google Glass and The Oculus Rift when they come out of testing phase. Oh and if you haven't heard of the Ouya, check it out. Its a game changer in the console world.

But I am digressing. I found this cool app/website called Track My Tour where you can use your smart phone and upload pictures as you travel and then people can see and follow your journey.

Since I am flying home and then road tripping back with Michael, the boy wonder, I thought it would be cool to test this app out on all you followers and especially to that small group of dedicated readers in Germany who read this blog for some reason ;D

So! You have three ways of following me on my journey home and back again. You can see it here, if you click on that little link below, or you can see it on the offical site's webpage at http://trackmytour.com/4XW62, or thirdly you can download the app on your smart device and use the same link to follow me on said device.


Click here to TrackMyTour!


Just a quick update with everything else: I had pygmalion audition on tuesday and they were fantastic. There were so many talented people who came and auditioned. I'm in the process of calling people and offering them roles, so once all that gets figured out and settled upon, and i get back in the state, rehearsals will begin! Expect to see lots of pictures of this exciting adventure. Until Next Time!


"People don't take trips . . . trips take people." 


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Keeping Up

OK, what happened to April? Seriously? Who stole April?

Alright, Life have been super busy, so this lame excuse for a blog post is going to be a quick update for everyone on what I have been doing this past month.

April 4th is when the fundraiser for SnappyTitleHere officially ended. We were not successful in raising ten thousand dollars, so Craig and I parted ways on our artistic endeavor and I took the share from my people that donated and I am starting my own production company: Stamp Brothers Production. Yes, that’s right; Michael, Zach, and I are starting a production company. Zach and Mic and I have pretty much been in constant communication about this for the past month. We are working with the IRS and a Lawyer to acquired 501(c)(3) status, so hopefully very soon we can start accepting tax-deductible donations and apply for grants. Our official launch will be May 20th, but you can check out our facebook and our website, both still being developed, as we get ready to start that. 

As we speak, The Stamp Brothers are gearing up for their first production, and my second as director. We plan to produce George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion this summer in New York. My vision for it is to have a "give what you can" outdoor performance of it in a NYC Park throughout the month of July. There will be lots of dancing and music, so basically a party every night. Im still in search of a Choreographer and a Stage Manager and we are having auditions Next Tuesday May 7th, so things are really gearing up for all that!

Two weeks ago I successfully opened my first play as director, Ain't No Such Thing As Free Pizza in New York at The Cabrini Repertory Theatre in Washington Heights. The actors were amazing, the audiences were great, and everyone loved Analisa's play. The play festival that I directed this play for is a competition, so there is a chance that our play could move on to the second round, but we won’t know for a while. I believe in the work and that we stand a good chance, so stay tuned for more updates about that.

In a week I will be flying home for the first time in almost a year. I’m really really excited about that for two reasons: 1) That I will get to see all my friends and family again and 2) That I will finally get to eat good, home-cooked, Iowa food again. It's one of those things you don't know you miss until its gone, but there is nothing like it over here. Everyone is into healthy food, vegan this, organic that, pasteurized blah-de-blah. Give me meat loaf. Give me mashed potatoes. Give me corn-on-the-cob dripping with butter. Give me fresh lemonade and some peach cobbler sitting on the porch enjoying that cool summer breeze and watching the dogs run around. That’s all I really want. So yeah, I can’t wait to come home.

The Boy Wonder.
Then! The most exciting part, Michael will be living with me in New York this summer! That's right, the Boy Wonder is nearly done with his first year of college and he is going to join me this summer and help get Stamp Brothers Productions on its feet by Music Directing Pygmalion and helping out with other projects. Its going to be an awesome summer for sure.
  
I just recently moved again, this time to Washington Heights. I now have an official lease on a 1 bedroom apartment. It’s nothing huge, but it’s a room of my own. This means that I am not longer living in Chinatown, sad to say. I shall miss the dirty streets, the humble people, and the smell of the fresh fruit and fish markets... But these times, they are a changing, so it’s time to move. And with that, I think it’s time to cue the music, until next time!!



(I'm not really moving to the east side, but it feels appropriate)