It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted here, mostly because I’ve had a lot of balls in the air and as well as a lot of unexpected life changes.
My wife, son and I were all given 30 days notice in April to vacate the house we’d lived in for five years. We both work full time and have a child (which is more than a full time job) as well as the fact that I had taken on the role of directing Frankenstein for a theatre company and was prepping to attend the Hollywood PitchFest in August. My family and I did not need another thing. I also won’t bore you with a screed about the housing market (it’s bad and unfair) However, God never closes a door without opening a window...to a smaller more expensive apartment and we’re finally settled(?) into our new place. It is smaller but has an air conditioner that works, hot water that works, and is walking distance from a pool, which my son adores. So, while there are some trade-offs I think overall we’re doing okay.
Frankenstein rehearsals are going quite well despite some hiccups, but I haven’t been a part of show yet that didn’t have hiccups. The cast is wonderful and brilliant and I’m convinced that the show is going to be amazing. My goal with every theatrical production I’ve ever spearheaded has been to show audiences something they don’t see everyday. Whether that be live radio, or a man stitched together from cadavers, I want audiences to be entertained and filled with wonder and magic. I think we’re accomplishing that with this show. More information below…
On another note, I’ll be attending Hollywood PitchFest next week and I’m thrilled and terrified. This is essentially a conference where...you know what, it’s speed dating for movie and TV show ideas. That’s a better interpretation. I’ll get five minutes to spend studio representatives and tell them about things that I make that I want them to buy. I am told that their won’t be enough time to actually pitch but there will be enough time to say hello, introduce myself and pass along a one-sheet for the project I’m selling and hope that they get in touch. I signed up for this because a year ago Stephanie Yuhas suggested it as a great way to get yourself out there and I thought I’d give it a shot. After having travelled and unconventional road, there are things I wish I would have known when I was younger. However, the best I can seem to offer is to be able to pass this information on to someone else should they need it in the future. I’ll let you all know how it goes. Right now I feel a little like I did when I was a freshman in high school attending the state science fair with a cardboard diorama.
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Also, if you’re going to be in Northern Colorado mid to late AUgust, you should check out my show. Details below.
Wish me luck,
On the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN is brought screaming to life by The Greeley Garage Sale Theatre!
FRANKENSTEIN opens August 16th and runs 16th, 17th, 18th and 23rd, 24th, 25th (Thursday-Saturday) 7:30 PM at The Greeley Garage Sale Theatre (Family of Christ Presbyterian Church) 2410 35th Ave. Greeley, CO 80634
NOTE: This adaptation of Frankenstein features some material that may not be suitable for all audiences. Scenes of violence, bloodshed, grave-robbing, murder and other fun (but still unpleasant) things exist in the show. Audience members are advised.