One week ago, BHP closed a successful run of an experiment. It took a long time for us to finally get this show up and running (13 years to be exact). Ian and I knew that we wanted to Shakespeare when we first met but we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to produce it. We were also two young actors who knew nothing of producing. We spent the following years studying, working on many productions and starting our own company. The longer you hang around this industry, the more people you meet.
About 4 years ago, we were ready to produce it with me at the helm as director. Even then I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to bring this to life. Then 3 years ago, we met a wonderful director, Johnny Young, who directed The Tempest with the Parkside Players. I enjoyed that show so much that I knew that this was the guy who was going to bring the right vision to the piece. Over the last couple years, he pitched the concept and I quickly handed the directing reigns to him. Truth be told, I couldn’t have come up with idea of making it present day, setting it at a resort, and making it about a hostile corporate takeover. The idea that I did come up with was why not do it one park per the boroughs. What do we have to lose? It was an experiment.
What came out of this was a successful run with the Parks Department asking us to come back next year. So we’re going to do it all over again next year. Johnny Young at the helm once again. Why fix something that ain’t broke.
The production was special in that we were a company of 20 that came together as a team. Everyone was on the journey. We had a blast. We also received some media coverage, an impromptu review (http://who-will-kiss-the-pig.blogspot.com/2010/07/late-saturday-afternoon-in-williamsburg.html) and a photographer (www.leliamarie.com) who took pics for her site. Who can ask for anything more. We were quite open about Much Ado being a passion piece. We wanted to do it and no one was going to sway us the other way.
So what happens post-show?
Well, we mourned the closing of the show as customary. However, with Race McCloud opening next month, it just so happened that it was time to do the PR for the show. Meetings, buying ads, fine tuning ticketing, nailing down house management. In a nutshell, sticking to the schedule of this upcoming production.
The last time BHP had shows overlapping like this was in 2006 when we had Down the Road running at Altered Stages, Michael Quinones’ Captain Nightmare in the Sam French One Act Festival AND his Naughty Prep School Stories in the Fringe Festival.
Whenever we start to get overwhelmed, we just remember that we got through that summer so we’ll get through this one. Plus, we’re all a bit older and wiser.
So buy tickets! http://www.racemccloud.com/