Captain's Blog - Stardate 60601.8
Gollywiggles! I have been away from my blog for a while. Suffice it to say that What began as your basic Mercury in Retrograde ended with my computer collapsing and, due to my inability to back up on a regular basis, I lost five months of files of various levels of importance. Thankfully (knocks on the Starbucks reclaimed urban wood table with the charging pad) I didn't lose anything I can't replace or live without. Important photos and videos are intact, most of my writing is saved online, and my work for my survival jobs that did get lost is easily duplicated or is no longer relevant.
So, here's what's up now.
I've been having a great time with the cast and crew of “The Boys Upstairs!” This fabulous bunch of boys and I are working like crazy at Mary’s Attic now through July 2nd on this crazy comedy by Jason Mitchell and directed by David Zak.
We’ve gotten some great reviews as well. Now, I do try to avoid these as much as possible during a run. It can be easier than it should be for a bad review…or even a good one…to have an impact on a rehearsed performance. That said, I looked anyway. I have been referred to as Blanche DuBois meets Beverly Leslie and Jack McFarland meets Foghorn Leghorn. Both of which are exactly what I was going for.
Ashley has been a true joy to explore for a number of reasons. For starters, he has worked every day of his life to be, or at least be perceived, as someone who is in complete control of his life. He exudes an outward confidence that elicits laughter and draws people to him.
He has a hunger and a love for life which is very present and admirable. He pours himself into each experience determined to get the most out of every moment.
There are layers to Ashley that I hope are also coming through that make him more than just a walking laugh line. He fears being alone and loves his friends deeply and fiercely, even when there are times he pisses them off. He’s also a driven, hard working man with a dedication to perfection.
For those of you in Chicago looking for a light evening of gay storytelling, I hope you’ll stop by and see us in the Attic. Fair warning: there is some pretty frank humor based around gay sex. Dialogue that rivals the risqué content of “Sex and the City.” And underwear. Lots of underwear.
For those who are out of town, I wish I could share this performance with you. The video below is the best I can do, which of course doesn’t have any audible dialogue. At least you can see my new haircut!