Sunday, July 1, 2007

Closing out a weekend

We ended this weekend with a great performance of Lend Me a Tenor. We kept the ovation streak alive, and a lot of the scenes today just really flew. We were "cooking with gas," as one of the cast members put it. Pretty cool, pretty great, and a nice performance to end on so we can take a few days off to do nothing but La Mancha and party. Today's performance was also our talkback with the audience, and the basic questions were about who we where, where we were from, and whether or not we liked living and working in Naples. It was very low-key, but I was thrilled to be sitting in a row of plastic chairs up on stage, answering questions. I love doing talkbacks with an audience. I feel that acting is such a unique and specific profession, I always like the chance to informally open up and just chat with the audience about what interests them.

Two of my friends came to see the play today as well, as one of the stops on their tour of the wine region and a trip to their old college. They had a good time at the show, and then we went out for pizza at Luigi's afterwards, before I had to hustle back to the theatre for some work on La Mancha. I'm catching a quick internet break, but I have to be back there in about an hour for even more work. It's a lot of time that we put it, and it's occasionally exhausting, but it beats sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day.

5 comments:

Amanda said...

did you ever hear about the time during talkbacks for "a christmas carol" where some girl asked matt for his number? we teased him about it for weeks. we joke that it was the most original questions asked during the run. hahaha... poor girl.

Nick M said...

I didn't hear that story, but someone once tried to pick me up after a performance of "Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)." And I also once lightly swore in a talkback to high school students, using the phrase "shoot the shit."

Too funny...

Amanda said...

once i was coaching a student and trying to get her to really "go for it" in a scene. she was supposed to be mad, and instead was doing that whole giggly girly thing where she was laughing and smiling while she was "getting mad." and so i told her "remember, you are really pissed off at him at this point." and we had to stop class because everyone was laughing that i said "pissed off." apparently that is a "bad word" for 7th graders.

and here i thought i was a good girl having been through 13 years of catholic school, and now i am polluting the minds of our youth.

Andrea said...

hey - "sitting behind a desk for 8 hours" - is that a dig?

or is it a nudge? sneaky.

Nick M said...

Yes, let's consider it a nudge.