In order to not continuously swamp social media with "here's what happened today in my life as the company manager of a show about abortion hitting the road for an 8-city national tour in a highly tense political year" I'm starting a blog. Also, to be honest, I've been needing a facebook break for a while and hopefully this will keep me away from it (a little less).
So, yeah, I'm the Company and Tour Manager for REMARKABLY NORMAL (as in #abortionis #remarkablynormal), a new play by the brilliant Jessi Blue Gormezano, commissioned by the great folks at Advocates for Youth and directed by my friend and creative partner, the extremely gifted Marie Byrd Sproul. Marie is why I'm here, indulging in some last moments on my lovely deck at home watching robins and blue jays chase each other through the trees. Marie is why tonight, I'm pulling out the giantest of giant suitcases and beginning to pack my (one VERY large - this cannot be overstated) bag for 9 weeks on the road.
Marie has been with this project since it started as a series of small vignettes - Out of Silence - performed in NY and DC in 2015. Last summer, she invited me on board as the Assistant Director for a run at the Capital Fringe Festival. It was while we were in rehearsal that she alerted me to the fact that Advocates was looking for a Company and Tour Manager and oh my, wouldn't I fit that bill??!
It took some doing. I had to untangle myself from my law firm day job of 8 years, sign up for spousal supported health insurance and wrestle with the very real fact that, as of July 29th 2016, I would not (and still don't - for the record!) have a job. The risk was huge but the reward was high.
It's Monday. At 9AM on Friday, I board a flight to Atlanta. 9 weeks across the country from Baltimore to Atlanta to Memphis to Miami to Austin to Denver to LA to Oakland to Chicago to Cleveland to home.
I'm here to tell you all about it.