I'm talking about the busy times. Not the normal busy times, the REALLY busy times. People in my business (the business that is theatre) are always talking about how busy they are, and we usually are crazy busy. We are forced into insane deadlines because of lack of resources, we strive for the unimaginable because an artist imagined it and we love what we do. I've often worked several jobs at once or at jobs that required 70+ hours per week. I have even occasionally been paid for those hours! I know a lot of people who are always "just so busy", as if that wasn't just standard operating procedure for a theatre. Those people, for the most part, drive me crazy. They are on boards and committees and they promise to check that email as soon as they can... they just have so much to do! As if the rest of us aren't "just so busy" too.
No, I'm not talking about the "just so busy" type of busy, or the "always busy" life in theatre. I'm talking about knock-down drag-out busier than is humanly impossible busy. The busy that gives me the shakes, and I have a high capacity for getting things done! It happens about three times a year for me in my current job. Once in the summer for about a month when the beginning of the season is getting closer and closer and deals need to be done, planning needs to be wrapped up and materials proofed and edited. Once in the fall towards November and December when everything is due, and we are in the middle of the season. Then once in the early spring (is it spring yet), right before a major fundraiser and in the middle of about a dozen events. It's this "early spring" crazy that I now find myself. I'm swamped.
Why have I written all of this dear blog buddy? Just to let you know that I haven't fallen of the face of the earth and that I have every intention of blogging again ASAP. I'm "just so busy"! :)
OK, on to some shows I'm seeing... Honestly, not much coming up soon. Did I mention I was busy?
Tonight I'm going to the American Dance Festival Season Announcment Event! You should come! Then off to Raleigh tomorrow night for a show at Raleigh Ensemble Players called SLIENCED by Wildfire Theatre. Deets below!
Season Announcement Event
Friday, March 19th - 7:30pm
The Cotton Room, Golden Belt
- the 2010 season video montage
- dance party with your friends
- an informal dance showing by local youth
- valuable door prizes
- cash bar & other food options!
March 18 - 21
Produced in Conjunction with Raleigh Ensemble Players
REP's Upstairs Studio at 213 Fayetteville Street
Silenced: Rhythm, Intensity, and Consequence examines the darker side of attraction and kinship, and what happens when we are placed in moments of extreme intensity and fear. The evening will be comprised of three different acts, each one dealing with a certain art form: Acrobatics, Music, and Theatre/Visual Art, but all are connected thematically.Wildfire Theatre Company bursts into the Triangle theatre scene, in one of its first major public appearances, with an explosive night of art and entertainment in conjunction with the reputable and acclaimed alternative theatre, Raleigh Ensemble Players. Silenced: Rhythm, Intensity, and Consequence examines the darker side of attraction and kinship, and what happens when we are placed in moments of extreme intensity and fear. The evening will be comprised of three different acts, each one dealing with a certain art form: Acrobatics, Music, and Theatre/Visual Art, but all are connected thematically.
Our first act will feature The Musicians Royale from the North Carolina Renaisssance Faire, who will perform original music dealing beauty and history. Our second musician is Jon Sebastian from the local band Paper the Operator to give us some acoustic introspection and heart. In our second act, Nickolas Fields & Jeffrey Fowler together form Exentrik, an intense acrobatic duo who will tell a story of love and loss through spectacular feats of strength and agility. Our closing act will be the world premiere of an original work, MARKED, written by Carmen-maria Mandley. The show features Triangle theatre veterans Jesse R. Gephart, and Shawn Stoner. The piece tells the story of two men hiding from the new government, trying to preserve all forms of art in a single cell, and waiting for the footsteps outside that let you know when your end is near.
This piece will contain mature subject matter and is not recommended for young audiences.