I’ve often caught myself musing from time to time about a show I may have done in the past and how different it would be if I got the chance to do it again at this point in time. Theatre and acting are such fluid art forms. A performance you see today will be different from the one you see tomorrow or next week or six months from now.
For the first time I get to remount a show and I am incredibly excited about it. Though the original production of Daniel MacIvor’s This Is A Play took place only five months ago, a lot has happened to me since then. Some pretty life-changing stuff, actually.
I was amazed at how easy it was to get back into the character. It was like slipping into some old fuzzy slippers and wondering why you ever took them off in the first place because they feel so damn comfortable. I always figured that when I finished a show, the lines just disappeared from my brain, like a hardrive being erased, to make room for more stuff. Colour me surprised when I realized at our first rehearsal how much everything came back so incredibly quickly. On top of that, we got to rework a few moments that just didn’t click right the first time around.
We had a great, well-received show for the Ottawa Fringe Festival (as evidenced by our sold-out houses night after night), but I honestly think it’s even better this time around.
If you got a chance to see the show at the Fringe, please come and see it again (along with 3 other great plays – 2 of which I may also be involved with). I would be curious to hear after the performance what changed for you.
Meta Schmeta: Cautionary Tales for the Self-Obsessed – An Evening of One-Act Plays at the Arts Court Theatre from Nov. 26 to 29 (ONE WEEK ONLY) at 8pm with a 4pm Pay-What-You-Can Matinee. Tickets are 20$/15$ Students & Seniors. Box Office: 613-564-7240