Monthly Archives: July 2011
I have been away for a while, I know….
This week I have been super busy working Comic –Con. Comic – Con?, you ask. Why am I there? How could I possibly connect theatre and comics? These are usually the questions that the other reporters ask of me whenever I sit at their tables.
Very easily, but those articles will be out soon enough.
At one roundtable people are firing questions at the actor and he was responding pleasantly, probably having responded to these questions a bajillion times over the course of the day. At a brief pause I asked him about his most previously theatre experience. He immediately responded with “Thank you for asking!” and launched into a 4 minute answer about how much he misses theatre and told his managers that he had to do some theatre on his next break from his show. He talked so much that the publicist had to interrupt him twice before he stopped talking and left for another table.
The other reports all looked over at me (hopefully with new found respect for my theatre questions).
Next actor approaching the table, I told the person next to me that I hoped I had a chance to ask him about a new play he wrote. The actor sat down and immediately started talking, in a semi-monologue about the show he is on.
At a brief moment in his tirade I said, “A bit off topic of the show, but I had a question about the new play that you wrote…” The actor sat up straighter and talked for about 10 minutes about his play, when it opens and how excited he is about it. As the interview came to an end, he stood up and thanked me for the very interesting question and how much he appreciated me knowing about it and asking about it.
At this point every reporter looks at me and starts asking me question about theatre. I chuckled to myself and was saved from answering any of them because the next person sat down for their interview.
For the next hour and a half every reporter at the table, peppered the table with questions about theatre. I didn’t have to ask one question and they all did the work for me. Their questions were a fun way to see how these people, whose lives are steeped in pop culture, video games and television, thought about theatre. The questions were mostly about Shakespeare and what working in front of an audience is like, but still, they were theatre questions!
I love that these reporters are going to go write their articles and their readers will get the information, using information they got from questions about theatre.
More people learning about theatre from unexpected sites with the words “TV” and “Monsters” in their names? That makes me very happy
You know what I love? When something unexpected happens. And that was probably the best description of my day today. Here is a list of the things that happened that I could never have predicted:
I tried alligator – it was fried and tasted a lot like (everybody with me ) “Chicken”!
Went to the theatre and got a pair of welding goggles (who doesn’t?)
Taught complete strangers how to do the “Time Warp” and then made them do it in front of the theatre
I met Dr. Horrible and got my hands on some Wonderflonium
Found the Top Secret Headquarters of the Evil League of Evil
I met a cute young guy who took me up to the rooftop party in a deathtrap of an elevator (I swore it was going to take us into the Twilight Zone like the Tower of Terror)
By the time we got to the roof I decided I loved him because:
He likes theatre
He loves Star Wars
He referenced the “Three Amigos” and “The Three Cabarellos”
He was a math/astrophysics major
He thought I was 26 ( I won’t lie, this gave him major points)
So I did the only normal thing, in the middle of the after party I got down on one knee and proposed to him (FYI: he said “yes” and I did tell him I was currently married)
We figured if we get married in a different state then it’ll be ok, right?
All in all, today was made of awesome…and to think, I have 4 more days of adventure coming up this week!
This week has been an absurd week of everything going wrong, every piece of technology I touched breaking down, multiple people quitting in one day and more drama than you could get if you pitted a bunch of tween Twilight Fans versus…well anyone who reads good books.
At the end of the night Friday (which in a quick recap involved training a new person, 2 weddings – which are drama in their own right, missing confirmations, every employee at one location not doing their job correctly, lost caterers, a frantic bride, a groom tossed into the pool and more broken technology) while I sat at a property, in a moment of rare quiet, someone from one of the weddings brought me a piece of cake. Which was incredibly nice of them and very sweet and appreciated after my day.
See the picture of the piece of cake? What could be wrong with this picture?
Could it be the chopsticks???
Attempt #1 Cake crumbles upon grabbing with the chopsticks. Must try it more gently next time
Attempt #2 Now too gentle and cannot get any cake to stay between the chopsticks
Attempt #3 Aha! Perfect tension has been achieved …then Fail! Cake almost got to my mouth before gravity made it fall down into my cleavage
While attempting to clean cake from my cleavage the brides father came over to ask me a question….awkward
Attempt #4 managed to get some of the filling onto the chopsticks and attempting to get the cake to stick to the filling – not working
Attempt #5 took a piece from the frosted side in hopes it was sticky enough for the cake to not need to much pressure to stay in the chopsticks
I am short and sitting at a desk…why is this distance so hard for the chopsticks to navigate?
Attempt #6 got a full layer of the cake, but just cake. Frosting and filling decided to not come along on this try
Attempt #7 trying to get a complete bite of cake containing all elements, cake frosting and filling… the cake crumbled as the filling dripped in plops on the desk and my shirt, the frosting held on tight before making a dive for it
Huh, turns out this is not the best method for eating cake
Helpful strangers…. I love them
I went to a show this evening and as I waited outside for the doors opened I went to the area of tables and grabbed a drink. As I looked for a table this group of feisty older women were at a table and they gestured me over. They asked me to join their group since I was alone.
I told them that I didn’t want to intrude on their “girls night” but they insisted. These ladies were easily 35-40 years older than me but they were hilarious and were talking about how they were going to see the Tempest. I was going to see George Gershwin: Alone in the theater next door. One lady asked why I was alone and I replied that my husband was at work.
Out of no where this lady at another table, not part of the group I was with, said ”Darling, I hate to break it to you…but when your husband Is at ‘work’ it means he’s screwing his secretary”.
There was a moment of stunned silence from the group as they looked at me. I waited a moment to let the woman’s words sink in and then I looked up at her and said in disbelief,” When the hell did he get a secretary?!?!”
I told her thanks for the advice since she meant well, but really people, try to keep your “helpful” impulses in check until you know someone a little bit more.