Monday, June 10, 2013

Inescapably Bound

Ever heard someone say the phrase: "I'm a lifelong learner?" Well I have discovered that, whether I like it or not, I am inescapably bound to be a lifelong learner. See, some people take time to make decisions. They carefully plot out their next life move, weigh the positives and negatives, perhaps even ask friends and family for advice, and then slowly and confidently make their move. I just barge right in and bumble through the consequences. I make a gut choice, go with what seems right, and ask questions later. I have found that this leads me to make lots of mistakes, but also learn a lot in the process.

When I came up with the idea to mount a production of Pygmalion I had no inclination into the world of producing theatre. All I knew was that I wanted to direct and that I was going to make that happen.

Well with starting a production company with my brothers we, all three of us, began delving into the world of producing, but with Zach in Okinawa and Michael just moved and settling into New York, a lot of the footwork fell to me.

Like a lot of you dedicated readers already know, I tried to do this play in the park. Well that fell through for many reasons, most of which were my misunderstanding of how to go about reserving a park in New York City. See, I thought it would be easy. How dumb was that? HA!

Anyways, After hiring Stage Manager Annmargaret Centeno and choreographer Sean Roschman and driving Michael back for Pygmalion, and after having a beautifully talented cast ready to tackle this great play, I needed to start booking rehearsal space. See again, I didn’t plan ahead for this one. I didn’t have any misconceived notions or anything, I literally just didn’t plan ahead. I guess I didn’t realize that I needed space to rehearse? Idk. Anyways, I was suddenly tasked with finding rehearsal space for my 15 actors and our humble play.

So I found the awesome website, which is basically a huge database of rehearse spaces and prices in New York City. I highly recommend it if you are looking for space. The prices fall generally in the 10-30 dollar price range, and it actually turns into a kind of game for finding the biggest room for the cheapest price that isn’t falling apart or covered in bedbugs.

Well I found three spaces that we have been primarily using for our rehearsal spaces. The first was Triskelion Arts Studios, which I had rehearsed at before on a previous project. This place is sooo Brooklyn Hipster rehearsal space. What I mean by that is, it is open 24 hours a day. You get your own set of keys and key codes, and you pay by leaving a check or cash in an envelope in a mail slot. It’s a huge space with great rooms and some of the cheapest prices you will find in New York City. Its run by chill people who trust everyone they rent to, which in turn, makes you want to fulfill that trust.

The second space I found was the National Opera Center America, which we use for our music rehearsals. They are a very ritzy place with Baby Grand Pianos in each room and that offers discounted prices to non-profit groups. When we went for our first rehearsal they said that our room had been accidently double booked and bumped us up to the rehearsal hall for free at no extra cost. and it turned out I had accidently reserved the room for the wrong day, and they still let us rehearse! They are amazing and we are most definitely having Marley Rehearsals there.

The Third Place I found was the 133rd Street Arts Center, which is also going to be our performance space. It is a very young theatre in the New York World, so it is relatively unknown and its prices are not hugely inflated yet, so its actually very affordable. It has a great rustic sort of charm to it with exposed brick walls and antique windows. I am really looking forward to putting our show in it. Plus! As a bonus, he is renting out the space to us for rehearsal, so in a New York Rarity, we actually get to rehearse in the space we will be performing in! How’s that for awesome?

So yeah. I don’t like producing. It’s a lot of stressful work that I’m not good at. But I’m learning a lot in the process. I’m learning how to find good rehearsal space. I’m learning just how expensive everything is. And lastly I’m learning just how much I love theatre in all its various and sundry shapes. I truly hope everyone can come see this awesome show. Not for me, but for all these amazingly talented actors myself and my brothers have had the luck and pleasure of working with. Seriously. They are awesome. Like, I’m working them really hard, and they are meeting all these challenges with ease and finesse. They are pro’s. So seriously, come see them. Don’t come see me. Don’t even talk to me. UNTIL NEXT TIME :P

"Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now."

1 comment:

  1. ummmm isn't lifelong learning supposed to be a GOOD thing? It is the school mindset that gets in the way of education. Schools teach you to think that there is a right way to do things and that mistakes are bad. That's a lie straight from the pit of hell. Only God knows the right way, and in His Grace he gently leads us toward learning what that is.

    Mistakes are the BEST way to learn things. Imagine what life would look like if mothers whupped up their babies every time they fell down while learning to walk.

    Just sayin'