The jumble of emotions an artist feels on the day of the first rehearsal is very similar to what a child experiences on the first day at a new school: anticipation, excitement, giddiness, joy, exhilaration, impatience for the day to finally begin, and a twinge of nervousness (okay, maybe more than just a twinge). The day of a first rehearsal for an actor/director/producer such as myself--well, let’s just say I’m feeling a lot of things right now. I’m so excited that it’s actually difficult to sit still and try to coherently type out my thoughts for you.
Simply put, this is a dream come true. I’ve wanted to produce/direct/act in a New York theatre production for a few years now. The thought of specifically producing Ivanov has been formulating in the back of my mind since November 2011. It was secret wish I kept to myself for a few weeks before I had to give in and tell someone. Fortunately for me, that someone was Emily. Brian eagerly jumped aboard a short time later, the three of us tackled all of the required pre-production work and before I knew it, here we are: eager and ready to get into the rehearsal room and breathe life into this play.
I won’t lie--it’s been overwhelming. I will admit that several tears have been shed at certain points in the process thus far (and I’m sure there are more to come) but tonight, it’s not about all of the hardships and difficulties that are bound to arise or stressing out about all of the work that still needs to be completed. It’s about celebrating the beginning of a fulfillment of a dream, the start of an achievement of an artistic vision, and the excitement of creating a theatrical work that we can share with our community.
So to that end (checking the clock): 18 hours until the start of Ivanov rehearsals. If I wasn’t about to go to bed (even though, let’s face it, I’m going to be a tad too excited to sleep), I would raise a glass of vodka to you all and thank you for reading this and supporting us as we begin the start of a new Ivanov-rific adventure. We can’t wait to share our work with every single one of you (draining imaginary glass). Woot!