My curtain speech
What is going on with the hair on this guy? This picture was taken on preview night for the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, which opened on May 3. (The next two shows open May 17.) Getting ready to open a play is crazy busy. (If you want to volunteer to join in the madness let BLT know – firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Theater is one of the few places where you cannot push something off a few days because you are not quite ready. Opening night is a firm deadline. You would think that if something was not quite done you could come back after the opening and fix it. My experience is that is not the case.
Once open, no matter how good the intention, those little things are very rarely fixed. Likely it is because BLT (and other theaters) are on to the next show(s). BLT is currently working on the next two plays in the Festival “17-B” and “Parsing Race”; “Beauty of the Father” which is being co-produced the Latino Theatre Projects in August; “Young Frankenstein the Musical” opening in September, and the Holiday show, opening the day after Thanksgiving. So, once a show opens the production team’s focus moves on.
Back to this guy. Photos are taken during the last full dress rehearsal, the night before the show opens. This gives the production team as much time as possible to get things perfect before photos are taken (there was wet paint on the skirting when the photos were taken).
At the full dress there is a practice “curtain speech.” That is where someone from the theater comes out and asks for money and reminds you to turn off your cell phone, among other things. The rehearsal curtain speech is usually nothing other than a chance to see if the light is in the right place.
This time, no one thought to mention that a comb would be a nice touch. In part, because rarely is a photo taken of the curtain speech. However, this time a photo was taken and in may ways it sums up energy and rush of the night before a show opens.
There is still time to catch “Bottom Line” and “Undiscovered Places” both run through May 12. Then don’t miss “17-B” and “Parsing Race” from the 17th through the 26th. Get your tickets HERE. Tickets are just $10, less than the cost of movie ticket!