Passover has just begun, and the first matzah breakfast consumed. We like it with butter and apricot jam. It's actually good for the first couple of days. Then later you want to throw it at the wall.
Feeling a little of that "it's newly Spring and I don't have rehearsal" ennui. On the other hand, it's been nice being home in the evenings, actually cooking a leisurely dinner and continuing with my project to read every Judy Blume book to Jarrah. She's so funny and perceptive--she's already told me that Margaret and Sheila are similar because "they both lie because they're worried about what people think of them." It makes me see that all the Judy Blume books basically pivot on this idea. Which I guess is what makes them relatable to so many kids, even now. It's funny because I don't find them relatable anymore, which I guess is the whole point of growing up. I keep thinking, what are these kids so afraid of? Tell the truth! Own up to your fears! Get over yourself! I suppose I wouldn't have appreciated that when I was 12.
The last few shows were satisfying. I feel like it took me a week to recover (Daylight Savings didn't help) but I had a lot of fun with it. I spent a lot more time on this show with young people (like, really young--one of my show BFFs was 14) so I was often the cool kid with a car. I mean, it's a 12-year-old car with a big dent in the driver-side door, but hey. It drives. I feel grateful that my director sort of gave me free reign to create Ms. Teavee, since she has only about five lines in the entire act that she's on stage (and most of them akin to "What's that?") but by the end of the run I had all the Oompa-Loompas running around saying "I am soooo Instagramming this! Hashtag adorbz!" That was really fun. And at the cast party, when we played "Switch" and the kids portrayed the adult characters in a parody scene, seeing Violet Beauregarde mock me was simultaneously thrilling and mortifying.
Now I need to find a new project and have been scouring auditions to that purpose. There were a few I might have turned up for, but the runs coincide with my imminent trip to the East Coast for my Smith College reunion--I'm really excited about that. In a strange yet wondrous development, the entertainment committee for our formal Saturday night dinner has asked me to perform for the class that evening. When I followed up and asked what they'd like me to perform, this gal said "What do you do?" That's a bit daunting, but I think I've settled on some stand-up comedy. Still daunting, but less so than singing during the cocktail hour and possibly wearing out my welcome for life.
I also had a pleasing development on the last day of the show, which began with an awards breakfast for the theater company I've been working with. I was recognized for both my contributions to "Pippin" and my influence as a youth mentor, and the whole experience brought tears to my eyes. I was very moved to have people notice me. After the breakfast, my "Pippin" director asked if I might consider being his dramaturg on an upcoming directorial project of his, a very contemporary, talky drama that is set in 1919 New York. Of course, this is precisely the place and period I studied for my dissertation, so it seemed like a really fun challenge--not to mention the opportunity to work with him in a new capacity. The cast is only five people and there isn't a part suitable for me, but this way I can put my research skills to use; they're getting rusty. That show starts up in September, so I have lots of time to prepare.