Over the weekend we wrapped up underground episode. This was a test on how to run a show for two weeks and I must say there was a lot to be learned but it is definitely worth it. First things first, the cast compose of both veterans and newbies with a short timeframe of two months to learn probably one of the most challenging work that some of them have been a part of. For many including myself it was jumping from one production to another that was a challenge however for others it was just coming in and beginning the task at hand.
This time around we utilized collaborating with makeup artist Andrea Blassingame to create the looks, set up radio time for interviews, bloggers, and paid advertising in the metro Philly to get the word out on the production. We also utilized the site which the facility used instead of going the eventbrite way.
It was scary but I had to see what we could do and the end result turned out to be what we wanted. Now we are gearing up for next year to actually take advantage of all we learned.
The beauty of it all was swing how no matter what RunBoyRunProduction still continues to grow as a family and in the end this makes for good business.
If there is anything that I am learning about theater is that from the beginning g to it’s end it contains a lot if work. I was so excited to see my co-director that I let her take the helm so I can focus on cast members and things they want to focus on like overall character development and giving them the latest news on or progress with the play. Another week done and the positives keep coming…
The beauty of watching the cast is watching them develop chemistry among one another and character with themselves. For many the challenge of becoming a character invokes an understanding of knowing the frustrations and attitude of the character. For the most part, utilizing parts of ones life can be the best motivation like work and how it plays an intricate part to your everyday you can feel the frustration and pains it can cause to push forward into a role..
Friday was a day of chaos in the evening as I made my way to meet up with Kris at the Greyhound station in town. Now it wasn’t the waiting but the chaos that happened while there that amazed me. Already her bus was late as it’s arrival was slated for 6oclock and with time ticking many people gathered to leave for the big apple. The line was complete madness as people began getting angry and it started to show in body language and then two men got into a fist fight over space. Needless to say this showed me just how unprepared greyhound security truly are for situations but great for picking up a check.
When Kris arrived at7:30 she told me about a man that couldn’t keep still, and a woman that couldn’t keep her dog quiet, talk about a ride from hell. Well we finally made it on our way to the fringe as gatherings of people were out and about for first Friday gatherings all over Old City. When we got there the buildup of people was big but I knew she was a little exhausted so we went straight for the programs and began flipping through the pages. Page after page we flipped and it seemed like a lifetime and then we saw it the Runboyrun ad and that made our day that we had to share the picture to the world…so here we are all we made it..
With live theater there is a greatness to it watching actors and actress become characters and identities that they probably couldn’t see themselves as. However the other side to this is watching g an audience become enthralled with the scene and in many cases wondering what’s going to happen next while identifying with the actors character. It is in the live setting that entertainers learn more about themselves as well as the craft of acting.