What I've been doing since my show closed.
By Michael Kras (Actor/Playwright/Director)
My original play, Jamie's Gone, just enjoyed a very successful run at the Hamilton Fringe Festival. After unanimously positive reviews from critics, an insane amount of press, and huge audiences, we came out of the run winning Best of Venue for our theatre as well as the festival's highest award, Best of Fringe. It was an amazing experience.
So what's the problem? It's done now. And there's an unfilled void within me. After 8 whole months of submitting applications, prepping auditions, holding the auditions, casting the show, planning rehearsals, filling out paperwork, building sets, shopping for costumes and properties, and blocking/rehearsing our show, the entire thing ended in a blink. The entire festival ended before I knew it, and truthfully, before I was ready. So much preparation, and the main event dashes by faster than you can even comprehend.
Here's what I've been doing with my life since the show closed.
There were a few days after the show closed that I needed to re-charge and get back to reality. The show was a blast, yes, but I wear too many hats in my theatre company and by the end of it (hell, during it) I was exhausted. I still have some days where I do absolutely nothing. I don't have to go to work, I have no plans. I just sit home. And it's pretty nice. Sometimes.
I work at The Disney Store, the happiest place on earth, and it was great to return. Though it's a retail environment, working at The Disney Store always puts a smile on my face and it's a job I happily returned to... which is nice, because another job could have left me feeling like "Great. I just had the best week of my life and now I have to return to a world of misery."
3. Tetris Battle
I never played games on Facebook. I hate things like Farmville and I never thought I'd see the day where Tetris Battle would so aggressively be in my life. I'm shamefully addicted to this game, to the point where in the past 3 years, I've played over 10,000 rounds (I know, because the game hates its players and counts the rounds for you so you have a consistent reminder of how much of a loser you are).
Tetris Battle is a lot like normal Tetris, except you're playing against someone. Every time you fill in a line and get rid of it, that line gets sent to the other person's Tetris game and you're essentially trying to build the other person's Tetris tower up and knock them out as many times as you can in two minutes. I play a lot, of course, and I have no reservations about telling you that I'm devastatingly good at this game. Hit me up on Facebook sometime if you want to play... if you dare.
I've been staying up late and partying a lot, Crazytown. And I have stories. Many of which I really can't/shouldn't write here. As to one of my stories, let me tell you something: I'm not drinking any hard liquor again for a very long time.
It's probably not healthy to jump right into working on a new show for next year's Hamilton Fringe Festival right after finishing this year's, but damn it, that's what I'm doing. I'm a playwright after all, and when I feel the urge to write, I write. And besides, the sooner I start working on a new piece, the better.
So, this is how I deal with show withdrawal. I made a lot of memories, had a lot of success and fun, and it was truly one of the best theatre-based experiences of my life. When it's over, there's little to do except return to life and try to think as little about how sad you are that the show's done as possible. Now, on to the next project...
Question of the Day: How do YOU deal with show withdrawal? Drop a comment!
is an actor, playwright, director, and theatre student from Ontario, Canada. His plays include Shut Down, Wasp’s Nest, Places, The Last Drop, and Jamie’s Gone (Nominee for the 2012 Wayne Fairhead New Play Award). He is the artistic director of Broken Soil Theatre, a theatre company focused on providing a challenging artistic arena for young aspiring theatre artists.
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