Yesterday we drove out to Parramatta and put the play on for a group of students at the King’s School, with significantly less effects, no set, minimal sound and lighting and it actually worked out fantastically. I was so happy with how that turned out and we got huge praise from the staff, which was encouraging.
Last night was our second night show here at college and we got quite a big turnout, which is always great. The show went pretty well, with the notable exception of the lights dying in Act Two, leaving me ‘asleep’ on stage for a long time. Besides that slip up, everything went mostly to plan and we had a good show.
Two night left, Friday and Saturday and that shall be the end of Narrators Anonymous. We’ll be filming it Friday so if anyone wants a copy of the show just let me know and I’ll see if I can arrange postage somehow.
A few slip-ups, awkward improvisation and lighting and sound cues not coming in on time but for the most part it was a good enough opening night. Treating it as a dress rehearsal, I’d say it went well.
We’ve got a few big changes ahead of tomorrow night, which, looking at pre-sales and word of mouth, is going to be our biggest night by far.
Stress still abounds, but less so than this morning. Let’s hope I can reach a zen-like state by week’s end.
While we wait for the new Tom Waits studio album that’s in the works, a group of notable musicians are set to honor one of his classic records, Rain Dogs, for those lucky enough to attend a string of forthcoming European tour dates. At an event dubbed Rain Dogs Revisited, the likes of Arthur H, the Tiger Lillies, Camille O’ Sullivan, Stef Kamil Carlens, and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark (who also has a new LP on the way) will revisit all 19 tracks of the brilliant 1985 LP under the direction of Waits’ The Black Rider collaborator David Coulter. An ambitious undertaking indeed, given the self-produced album’s vast array of styles and instrumentation. (Speaking of Rain Dogs, rumor has that one of the LP’s featured guitarists, Rolling Stone Keith Richards, is contributing to the forthcoming record, as well.) If you’ll be in Europe in July or November, check out the dates — alongside a clip of Waits playing “Time” on Letterman in 1986 — below:
I think there's something seriously wrong with me.
I have a Jazz Dinner that I have to organise in less than two weeks.
Three days after that I have the opening night of my first original play, which needs a lot of rehearsals between now and then.
I have readings, assignments and presentations to do.
But all that I end up doing is coming up with more dramatic stuff. Today, I’ve outlined another play idea based off of a monologue I performed at a competition this week and I’ve just started working out a scene list for an original musical.
An original musical. That’s right. I think there’s something seriously wrong with me.