“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon
It’s never a good time to produce a play. (Or launch any kind of passion project.) There’s always a holiday coming up or a potential trip or doctor appointment or…whatever. The calendar is never complicit. There’s always a reason not to go forward.
A pandemic is another thing entirely.
But here’s the thing…it’s so rare, especially in a collaborative medium like theatre, when excellence and love come together. Meaning a great play, great artists, all of them available, and all doing it for pure love of the art. When that happens, you gotta answer the call.
As this recent Los Angeles Times article attests, when we decided to move forward with our Vs. production of “Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight”, we thought it’d be a great time. It’d be a celebration of the return of live theatre. One big, happy party!
That certainly hasn’t been the case.
But that’s okay.
We opened. We have a great show that I’m so very proud of. People are showing up and they’re so happy when they leave the theatre.
For that and so many other reasons, it’s all been worth it.
So whatever you’re thinking about, remember…
If not now? When?
P.S. RIP Charlie.