After getting sick the day after the cabaret and sleeping on and off for the last week, we've got a production meeting with the director (who had never seen me act before and finally did at the cabaret. his comment? 'i'm so relieved!') which we're very excited about. We're muddling our way through creating an indiegogo campaign and have to make a 'pitch video' to sell ourselves and the play itself. Am reading up on how to do this in the most effective way! Beginning to research publicists, for not having one would be a grave error on our parts (thanks for the info, alex!). And every time I think I should take a nap, I realize there's more to be done. Like take pictures of the gray shirt and black shirt and post them to sell on this site. Oh, set up a paypal account. I need chocolate.
Welcome to our countdown to production blog! Join me and my crew as we work our tails off to mount a full production of an original play. Next up: a fundraising cabaret at the world famous 'Don't Tell Mama' cabaret in New York City. Morgan and I have got out singers, our accompanist, and all we need now is an audience. Rehearsal for the cabaret is tomorrow night, and I'm working, so it's up to Morgan to be the team mom. Letting go will be good for me. Good practice. Gulp.
After three staged readings, an attempt to get into the New York International Fringe Fest (waitlisted), and hours of corresponding with poets around the world to get permission to use their works in my play, we are well on our way to the world premiere of 'Greasemonkey!' The crew has changed over the last three years, but the core group is still there. I found an executive producer and a co-producer, to my relief and delight. We've filmed videos for this, we've fed cast and crew, we've schlepped camera and sound equipment all over the city, we've gone through countless boxes of donuts, and lots of wine. We blew a breaker in a bar, been recognized on trains (crazy!) hours after being spotted filming on location, and plainly, we've had a ball. Now we're getting close. This Thursday we're having our second fundraiser after a ridiculously successful first one, where Morgan and I guest-bartended at Deacon Brodie's on West 46th St. in the theater district. This time? A cabaret at Don't Tell Mama, also on West 46th St!