Well we officially have made it three years as a non profit and company. and still going strong. We started as a small class in 2009 over on Gilpin and 13th. A melange of chekhov and new work andTina Yankee’s non profit and the Bock family and the Fries family and Bill Pullman and me and Nate and Nathan in my apartment after my mom died and my family moved to Bogota for a time. and then discovering L2 Arts and Culture Center and Simon and the non profit status through CNDC. And moving out in 2012 to 910 arts our new home.And the SchoolSAFE project.
What has been constant in the blur of different venues and constant financial challenges has been one thing: the classes. We produced a large project our first season called the Othello Project and most recently we almost killed me and Maggie with about 16 solo Shakespeare projects every weekend in November. And now there are three events in December. My kids ask me ” What do you and Maggie do all day over there?” What most people see is the results.Most come to see the product ; a performance of some kind. And actors act. And actors need an audience. But for me this is different. Maybe it is the fact I am 55. but maybe not.
I have come to understand that the process it self of discovering a play or a scene or a monologue or a solo new piece or a new play or a song with a high school girl going to the Thesbian conference is really what excites me always. I truly love the work itself. The trappings of the work, the reviews and accolades, the audience feedback, the planning and fundraisers, the interviews and auditions, the successes and failures are really all meaningless in comparison to the unfolding of the truth and clarity in an actor’s discovery of the play. Technique is the foundation to Visionbox. and technique is the foundation to my own life in the theatre. I have a way of working that sustains the flow of my life. At this point having studied and taught and directed 1000s of actors and plays the technique is like breathing. It is the way I live in the work. And it is strong and comforting and secure. And when I question the meaning of my life and when I wonder if I am crazy to try to start and sustain my own company, the technique and the structure of the work removes my doubt and confusion and even at times my despair.
December is here full force. 10 degrees out and a bit of snow. A couple feet they say in the mountains. And soon it will be the holidays. My children will go to Bogota and I will stay home and feed the dog and cat and take a break for a moment from the three years of all our hard work and rest for a moment. But the rest will be brief because I cannot live or feel alive for long without actors and a play.
Come and see Noel Coward and Neil Simon and Beth Henley on this Sunday. We are laughing our way into 2014. And pray for philanthropy this month. January we will do a lot of audition work as so many of you are applying to schools. DSA, Colleges, Grad Schools and of course Yale Drama School…I am going back east for a visit there this month. First time to Yale since graduation in 1987. About time. And the work continues…stay warm and safe this holiday:) Happy December and Happy New Year!!