Friday, June 30, 2006

What I didn't expect

was that there would be so much stress associated with getting some shows up finally. Nerve is without a doubt a success. It's going really well and its almost over and it's freaking me out just a little that it's going so well. i'm so used to the rejection that so many people telling me they like it is kind of confusing and i had no idea that would be the case. Not that everyone liked it. (I've read some reviews now) But most people did seem to really enjoy the play. Which makes me feel great and yet I'm sure i have sent it to probably a hundred theatres which either rejected it or never responded. And i don't understand that.

But I have no time to try and figure that out because now there is all this stress about getting people in for Food For Fish. (opens the 6th. buy your tickets now) And the thousands of other things that have to happen to make it all come together in time. I'm scattered. It's been really hard to rehearse something while something else is going up.

Not to mention that I wish I could leave for a few days and see how Pretty Theft is going in DC. I'm not going to get there until right before it goes up. which means I have to leave in the middle of the Food For Fish run.

Not that I'm complaining. I'm thrilled to have all these productions. It's just sort of disorienting. there are a lot of plays on my shelf. a lot. i hope this burst of shows will lead to some more of them getting done though I'm not sure it works that way exactly. You might have to get a pulitzer before that happens. Although I'm not sure that even a pulitzer will ever make it possible to quit the day job, will it? i wonder what makes that possible.


Jamespeak said...

I'm wondering that myself. As good a run we've been having with Nervous Boy, I don't see myself leaving my job as reporter for National Mortgage News. Hell, look at Harvey Pekar, whose American Splendor comic got national recognition and had a movie based on him. Despite all this, he still never made enough money to quit his day job as a file clerk for the Cleveland VA hospital (although in fairness he's admitted that he needs that daily routine to keep him from going nuts).

Adam said...

i do write more when i have a full time job. that is true. But i kind of hate it.

Jamespeak said...

I hear ya. Although I do remember being unemployed and unemployable for two years. The first year was bliss. The second half of the second year was agony. In retrospect, my second year of not making any income put me in a depressive funk that would later be the primary inspiration for Nervous Boy. Now that I have a job that's pretty low-stress with tons of down-time (to write the next play), I'll take it (until, of course, Mr. Big-Timey Producer shows up and takes me away from this "Office Space" life).

Adam said...

You know Mr. Big Timey Producer? Can I get his number?

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