I suppose I should begin by explaining why I haven’t written a full post in a while. For the past few days, I have been going back and forth trying to decide what the next steps in my life are going to be (heavy I know) and figuring out how to say those goals out loud, putting a name to the dreams I want so badly to achieve. While I must admit that I haven’t gotten very far in this process, but the events that occurred this weekend allowed me to see that right now I don’t really need to have all of the answers right now. I have a great support system, friends who are willing to have this conversation with me, and a yearning for insular peace that will take me far. So with that being said on to the weekend!!!
This was an intense weekend for me filled with performing, hanging out with old and new friends alike , and going on a spontaneous trip to Brooklyn which was great for the soul 🙂
For the past few months, I have been in rehearsals for this a cappella piece entitled “Obama at the Table: An Obamaopera.” Well it was our opening weekend and after getting through our “invited dress” as we called it on Friday, the Saturday performance had a packed house who were incredibly engaged and gave the cast a great energy as we sang and danced our way through the show. There is something about this show that speaks to the numerous dialogues we, as a nation, are having about the current administration and the myriad of cultural and societal changes are occurring parallel to it. The songs, written by the warm hearted and talented Mindy Levokove, cover a variety of styles which help to invoke the opinions the country is outwardly and inwardly expressing with each other. We have one more weekend at WOW Cafe on East 4th for anybody interested, followed by a reprise the last Saturday of April at the Firehouse in Brooklyn.
Being able to act in a piece I have been with from the beginning allowed the me the chance to truly enjoy its success with fellow cast members and friends this weekend. Jassmine, Bloo, Nia (a former cast member), Cynthia (one of my best friends) and I decided to celebrate, over drinks we laughed about the rehearsal process, how far the show had come, and how happy we were that we’d all decided to join the show for this remounting. The best thing about acting is that I get to form these great relationships with people that end up standing the test of time because not I only am I allowed to work opposite them onstage, but I’m able to learn more about how others see the world and how I see myself. I think that’s why so many people are hooked on doing live theatre: the relationships!
Finally to cap off the weekend I got brunch with Kyla in Astoria on Sunday. Kyla and I lived together for two years (in college and post grad) and I have to say I loved living with her and how our friendship has gotten stronger even while our initial glue (our friend Meghan) moved cross country. All that being said we went to this great little restaurant called Sanfords and brunched and chatted for hours, catching up and discussing what moves we were planning to make, when Kyla said “Ya know, now that I have all this time I want to start doing all of the New York things I was so excited about when we started school.” I agreed, saying that thanks to my blog it was the catalyst I needed to be more of an explorer and get out. “In fact,” I said, “I was thinking of maybe going to the Botanical Garden…wanna go today?” And that is exactly what we did, and what an idea it was. Sure, the cherry trees weren’t in bloom yet, but the architectural landscaping the flowers and trees that were in bloom, and the people who were also there enjoying a cool spring day made up for it. Getting the chance to wake up the senses that laid dormant in the winter was refreshing and was just what the doctor ordered. Both of us walked away feeling reinvigorated and planning ideas of what to do next!
Well that was my weekend! Can’t wait to see what this week has in store for me