Well, here I am with an iced coffee, sitting on the back patio of El Beit on Bedford, soaking up my last few days in Williamsburg before I jet to the west for three months. What an amazing couple weeks I have had. In between The Cherry Orchard and a five day stay-cation, my Mac got a wee bit exhausted and needed a break. After I got it up and running I was having too much fun to write about having fun. Haha! This city is amazing at this time! The fact that I won't be here for a while has allowed me to really appreciate every nook and cranny. I did just about everything I wanted to and more. I have yet to check out the dirty gospel band that plays at Union Pool on Monday nights due to overexposure the weekend my friend came to visit. Although I would love to be in New York for the summer and spend lazy afternoons reading Chekhov in Central Park, the west coast has been calling my name for months. Last week I was at a sports bar in Midtown for a farewell and they were playing the Canucks game. I was glued to the set the whole time I was there. Sorry friends, but we've been waiting seventeen years for this. When they would pan out on Vancouver during a commercial break I would bound up and down shouting, "That's my city! Isn't it beautiful? My home!" I never considered myself a patriot, but, being away from Canada this long has definitely made me one. Here's a glimpse at the last couple weeks, expressed the best way I know how...through the lens.
|During the final week of rehearsals for The Cherry Orchard, I rounded up a few people to make the trek to The Brooklyn Botanical Garden to embrace these stunning pink blossoms before they all dropped to the ground|
|No wonder this is a wedding hotspot. It is simply a slice of heaven!|
I am so grateful to have been a part of the The Cherry Orchard. It all came together in such a short amount of time. Through the experience, I recognized the value in having a cohesive ensemble. We all worked together to tell this beautiful story. I discovered how much I love the journey it takes to create theatre. When it was time to open the doors to an audience, it didn't matter if only three people watched and no one said anything after. It's what was built in the process that was so magnificent. It was all over in two days. We teched the show at 6am on the Sunday and by Monday night we had had a preview, an opening and closing show. I walked through Times Square at 5:45am before tech and had the biggest grin on my face. I thought, I am walking through Times Square on my way to rehearsal for a show in a Broadway theatre. Amazing. At that moment, I felt as though I had truly actualized a life-long vision.
|This is Keller. He was clearly the star of the show. He spent a lot of time napping in this bag with his friend platypus.|