it's really funny to me, after a year, plus, where I felt like I was in a pretty huge dry spell, I suddenly find myself with a calendar that's getting increasingly full. Between now and September, it's one thing after another. All good things, thank God, I feel blessed to have them all coming up.
The Copperhead will run right up to the Leapfest new play reading series for Stage Left, If anyone asks me to do their reading. Not a sure thing, that's for certain.
In the middle of all that, Cbyrd and I are off to Amsterdam and London for a week.
I saw Billie Piper in 2007, a show called Treats, and now I'll see the Doctor himself, as well as companion #3 (and, frankly, the one he had the most personal chemistry with). It's really nice because Tennant and Tate as Benedick and Beatrice seems right on the mark.
We've had such lovely luck with shows in London. In 2007, we saw the aforementioned Treats, as well as Equus with Daniel Radcliffe and the amazing Richard Griffiths, The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, and The 39 Steps, which I'm very thankful I got to see the original production of, as I've heard the touring productions weren't that great.
That first trip was amazing, theatre-wise. I've rarely seen that many good shows in such a short space of time. Knew nothing about Treats, and now it's one of my favorite shows I've ever seen, on a pure script level (I'd still love to do it). That particular production of Menagerie just upended a ton of pre-conceived notions I had about the show. Equus was a beautiful, haunting production, Radcliffe did justice to his role, and Griffiths just floored me.
In 2009, we returned for a much shorter stay, splitting our time with Paris (much like this year with Amsterdam), but we still managed to see Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, which I can honestly say was the fist time I've ever really enjoyed watching that show. Oh, I admired it as a work, but it was never fun to watch before that night.
We also saw Spring Awakening. Of which the only thing I can say is..I am too old for that show, and CByrd and I are not musical people. Hindsight being 20/20, we should've seen War Horse. When we were there I'd never heard of it, and now, after the fact, I hear all these amazing things.
I've been trolling the listings for other shows to see while we're there. So far, nothing's struck me. I'll keep you posted.
So, anyway...back to the US, and into production on The Double with Babes With Blades. That'll carry me into the Fall, and I'm already feeling a camaraderie with the team (everyone that I know in it) already. It's a really fun little play, and I think we're gonna have a great time.
Add in trying to find the time to finish up the music projects, writing, yadda, yadda, yadda...Not to mention focusing on the here and now, rather than trying to think 10 steps ahead.
I think it's gonna be a good year.