Had the great pleasure of working on a Kenneth Lonergan short play, BEAUTY RUNS ON LIGHT FEET, along side Jennifer Lee at the Hertz Stage at the Alliance. Grant McGowan directed. Grant is the ad of Pinch and Ouch Theater and has creating a promising company producing the type of plays I want to act in and see.
With only three performances, there was a lot of pressure to get it immediately. And a lot of pressure. In the cast of the other short plays, were several actors whose work I respect a great deal, and I was very congnizant of not wanting to be the weak link.
The day of the first performance, I was an idiot and burned my hand. For about two hours, I had to have my hand under running cool water or I was in intolerable pain. Luckily, my medically smart wife came home, put some magic cream on my hand, popped a vicodin in my mouth, and sent me to the theater. The performance wasn’t terrible. In fact, at the talk about, Jennider and I both received some nice compliments on our work (this happened at all three performances, actually), but I wasn’t pleased. I was in my head about the bandaging that was coming off, and that caused me to really not be present – and that put me in my head even more.
The second night we nailed it. We both walked off, really proud and feeling good. I think I’ve reached the leverl of professionalism that means I will not truly give a shit performance – even when I’m bad. But even when I’m good, I’m not going to have that same feeling as I had during and after this performance.
The third night, of course, I was looking to build on the previous night’s triumph. No luck. It wasn’t as poor as the first, but it wasn’t great. It was good.
It was a run. A three night run, but it was still a run. And like every other one I’ve had, every show is different. God bless theater.