Dropping Bombs Show
2020-06-12, 11:04 p.m.
recently on Chaos Attraction
Not really gonna talk about work too much today, other than we had to say goodbye to one of our temps (the one that's getting transferred) and she was referring to working here as crisis management. “This is legit crisis management. People are suicidal.” and “That should be like 80% of your job description.” Everyone was complimenting her personality as being perfect for working here and I was all, "I wish I had her personality."
Quote from my boss: "Why is nothing easy?"
Other than that, I spent the morning dealing with Important Documents and the afternoon on emails and figuring out some kind of process mapping with my boss....oh, who cares?
The first show, "In The Woods," went first. I'll note that this was written by my castmate Mike's wife, who directed another show in this as well. Four people, two couples, go camping in the woods. Turns out that two of them are having an affair, and of course that comes out during the course of the play. I was amused that Courtney's "OMG THIS IS GONNA BE BLAIR WITCH" monologue that I did in the audition paid off--let's just say that was a deliberate foreshadowing thing.
Lines I wrote down from the show:
* "I'm smoking weed!" "Cool cool cool, why would you listen to the people with the medical degrees, what do they know? " -Trish on Drew smoking pot instead of taking his medication. This was followed up by....
Oh, if we’d had any Deaf audience members, the playwright had an ASL interpreter on hand for my play. Sadly we did not have any, so we didn’t get one, but I would have been soooooo excited!
We had a Slight Technical Difficulty when Rene said we could start and it turned out that Mike wasn't on yet, so we started over again. Ah well. I also forgot to change my background during the transition (ergh), but otherwise it went well and people thought I'd memorized my lines. I saw Jim, Bridget, Dawn, Loretta and Meg in the audience, and Rene let me know later that she'd let my mom in. Mom later told me she didn't get in until five because she was cleaning out her desk at work, which worked out since that's about when it started), so I was surprised there. I figured odds were at least 50/50 that she'd go under the circumstances, or didn't want to, or whatever....
In the talkback, Beth brought up the plot holes we’d been wondering about, and the playwright (Kelly) said she would have liked to have talked to us earlier. Which is a thing we discussed, but Beth wasn’t feeling well for most of rehearsal, so oh well.
It was Kelly’s first time seeing it and she thought we were great, says that this is Kate’s memory of this conversation with her mom and it does jump time and start in teh past.
She did write it from personal experience: (a) her mother killed herself when she was five, and wondered what a conversation with her would have been like, and (b) (mentioned later to me) my character was based on a friend who did the same and is wondering how to break it to her daughter. Beth was all, “I put these actors through hell digging really deep.,” and “These people made me cry more than I am willing to admit.” Also, “I’ve never directed on Zoom before, so this was cool.” She got to meet some really awesome people she would never have met otherwise. Even though this wasn’t how the festival was planned, it worked out for the best.
She thought it was fabulous and we really nailed the characters. She said I picked up on Leah’s playful nature and have a comedic side to her even though the plot is serious. Someone told Kelly she didn’t need the server in the show and she disagreed and we agreed. (“You crack me up, dude.”) Someone (I didn’t write down who) said he showed how Leah drops bombs and we would have lost that without him. I have another comment down about the juxtaposition of the intimacy vs. the randomness of the server. Kelly loved how we orchestrated it on Zoom and it still felt very interactive.
I’m going to point out that Mike was eating the key lime pie during the talkback.
Beth did set up a goodbye Zoom meeting for us after the show and invited Kelly, so we got to talk to her then too. Both that and the talkback went really well, I think.
* Kelly said she wondered about the e-cigs and “I laughed so hard when I saw you had a pen!”
Compliments from the chat:
Mom called me afterwards to say the following:
* “Jennifer, you looked gorgeous!” Literally the first thing she brought up was “Did you make your vest?” I always say her thing about me that she’s the most into is the crafts.
I guess this answers a lot about her behavior over the last year...she just thought I wasn’t a very good actor!
She also asked about watching my next play on Sunday, but I pointed out it was the second half of a show and maybe she should just watch the YouTube when it’s all up.
Quotes from people who liked the show:
"Your performance was wonderful. The relationship between the two of you was totally believable. You left me with wanting more." -Loretta, who also noted that I played another character with a name of hers. I'll be amused if I ever get cast as someone with her last name.
“Your show was entertaining which is the purpose of show biz. It was good to have something different to do, and it didn't feel like a zoom meeting. I felt involved and enjoyed the stories. I was pleasantly surprised to see the interaction after each performance.
“Hey....congratulations on "Dropping Bombs" last night! You and your "daughter" were both great. Oh and the server too ..I thought.it was smart to have the little humorous interludes, you start off thinking it's going to be a comedy but then it gets serious, nice contrast.” -Bridget
“It was great to see your play. I really enjoyed it. I think you did an amazing job. You stayed in character and were believable. I love the vest you knitted. I think that the interaction between cast members was really good. I love that you are in these plays.” -Meg
I emailed the playwright our rehearsal videos and "it was fantastic. I appreciate you so much." Awwww! *blushes*
After the show was over, I watched the tail end of the Queerantine variety show. I would like to recap the set by one KJ Whitehead that I came in on:
* “You should see my dildo collection, I am definitely tough.”
And then I watched The Wiz, which I enjoyed very much.
Notable things about The Wiz:
* AMAZING BLING AND PRODUCTION VALUE LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. SHINY EVERYWHERE.
Anyway, I liked it very much :)
I also got an email back from Coleman, a.k.a. Shanna--she said it was fine to call her by her given name instead of her theater alias, so will probably refer to her as that name most of the time. I was thrilled.
Seriously, she’s just kinda poetic in emails. Regarding my wankery over you-know-who, she said that given the current circumstances, “maybe waiting isn’t bad at all. It is giving space and ALLOWING. I try to shift the energy from waiting to allowing. Then I shift it back to Sea Captain!” Also, “That is a tricky fractal web of thoughts. I would not think such heavy thoughts before you enter the lovely dream space. Leave him be, stay open to the newness of another, no way online dating, maybe another will join our Virtual Readers Plays yay.”
And she wants to talk and hear one of my stories after the play on Sunday. Huzzah!