Thanks in the theatre world….
We were in the elevator, returning to our condo in the early evening. I was emotionally exhausted and my body ached. The thought of cooking dinner made me a little nauseous, but it seemed like the best idea — and the fastest because I was hungry. We had just finished our first workshop of GIRLHOOD, where we worked with 21 girls and 4 boys on 6 numbers. I drove over an hour to get there and back, and my head was filled with notes for our composer teams.
We were both silent in the elevator, and then I was asked how I was. Without really thinking, I said something like: “I am the luckiest guy in the world. I get to do what I love every day and don’t have to leave early the next morning for a day job.”
I meant it. Every day, I get to produce. Now, I’m not saying there aren’t challenges – there are, of course. But every day (weekends also) I get to do what I love doing. What I dreamt about for years and what I dream about now.
So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks. Thanks to you, the readers of this blog – hey over 145 so far! Never would I have believed I would keep writing this blog – shout out to Lynne Magnavite of MC Magnavite Communications who told me I had to do this.
Thanks to the actors I have seen in shows, followed, admired, cast, encouraged and worked with. They are the unsung heroes in show biz. Lots of let-downs, lots of ups and downs, yet still they are there. It is an honor to see you on the stage and to have the privilege of working with you.
Thanks to the theatre professionals I have worked with – producers, directors, assistants, musicians, technicians, designers. Far too many to name here, but I will give a shout out to Christopher Pazdernik and Mike Idalski who have worked by my side for over a year.
Thanks to the theatre teachers who have performed the shows I have created, have given me feedback, have worked long, long hours with very little pay.
Thanks to my collaborators Dylan MarcAurele, Tina Reynolds – some of the most creative minds in the business. And especially Tim O’Connell who has the courage to tell me things I don’t want to hear.
Every day…. I am blessed….Every day….I am grateful.