Check out Jon Jon Johnson’s take on Joy and the theatre. He’s working on Six Characters in Search of an Author right now over at WSC Avant Bard, and his post is a pretty cool reminder of something that working actors can forget pretty easily.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog as a Fringe Producer. Mea culpa. One big reason is that I’ve been working with WSC avant bard for the past few months on a new project: video.
Avant bard is a great company; they take classic works and add a new spin. They’re Arlington- based, and for a DC theatre company in the 20-year-old range, they’re more vibrant and edgy than their peers. I actually got involved thanks to Tom Mallan, who I met through the Education Theatre Company, another great organization to whom I often recommend my fellow actors (and for whom I am also working on video).
When Tom interview me to work for ETC, I mentioned that I was interested in taking theatre and making the process more public, and he expressed interest in my business ideas.
The pages fly off the calendar, and we cut to work on a ETC film camp, where work is winding down, and Tom approaches me about his own adaptation of Henry I(V), parts 1 and 2, at WSC.
The project is some ‘behind-the-scenes’ work, and fortunately, he has some equipment I can use, to take my idea of highlighting the theatre process and make it happen.
cut to the Artisphere two months later, and I’m working with KJ Fisher (WSC’s brilliant Managing Director), planning out a new series of videos for something called ‘Les Justes.’
Both the show and my videos have a very different feel from the Henry show:
The weeks turn to months, and another show is up.
I’ve frantically run from arlington to fairfax, working on borrowed equipment and time, and producing, despite it all, products that real people are publishing on the internet.
I’ve gotten my own camera (a rebel t2i) and started saving up for an imac. And here we are on two more shows, The Tooth of Crime and The Bacchae, in rep at WSC.
It’s been quite the learning experience so far, with equal portions of trial (read: technological issues) and tribulations. I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people, not least of which are Tom and KJ, but Connor Hogan as well.
Here’s my latest vid. Hope you enjoy, let me know your thoughts. I’ll be checking in more often: I promise.