Tartuffe was not the Scottish play, but it may as well have been. Throughout Flux’s co-production with Lafayette College, we had two power outages, one lead actor’s concussion, a storm that brought a building down, and, last but not least, an actual plague that closed down the school and canceled our entire run.
We opened in NYC on what was supposed to be our closing night, in a venue where we had never worked, on a stage with a completely different layout. We had no dressing room access, and there was an avant-garde (seemingly drum-based) production of Hamlet in the space above us. Also, it was raining, and we had never performed in front of an audience before. There was no reason at all why the night should have gone even remotely well. And yet it did 🙂 Theater magic and incredible group of student artists brought a 352-year-old French play to sparkling life. I could not be prouder of the way that team rolled with every punch and brought their best game every night.
I learned so much from Flux’s residency in Lafayette, both as an actor and a producer. I rediscovered the joy of big, risky choices and was reminded that the most boring administrative task can mean the world to someone. The students proved my first impression so right – they were open, curious, and a joy to work with in the classroom as well as the rehearsal hall.
Now that I’m back in LA, I’m excited to jump into the hustle once again. I’ll be at this year’s WonderCon, on Jeff Burns’ panel, “Web Series Creators Unlimited” on March 26th, 6:30-7:30, talking about the past, present, and future of webseries; I’m also super-stoked to diving back in to FluxWest Sundays, and, you know, listening to this song on repeat.