I’m still recovering from the world premiere of THE SPORTS PAGE at Stage West in Fort Worth. I made a decision early on to throw myself into the project as though I was self-producing, and it was harder than I thought it would be. Except for an hour here or there, I was at every audition, rehearsal and performance. I stuck my nose into the design of the show logo, the costume choices and the selection of props. I made the CD for the music in the lobby and lobbied (see what I did there?) for a special menu that included “The Sports Page Bratwurst.” I found photos to hang in the hallway and wrote a special invite to the theater’s subscribers. I addressed the theater’s board of directors and helped design the show poster. I got involved in video content and the design of the program and Facebooked and Tweeted like there was no tomorrow. I got all up in it. And what did I get out of all that? Here’s a typical night in the cafe before the show:
How fun is that! Dining, chatting, anticipating some live theater. People from all over — Boston, NYC, Little Rock, Houston, Amarillo, Austin, Minneapolis, South Bend — it was amazing.
We had adventures of the fun kind — a water bug hid quietly inside a shoe until actress Sherry Hopkins discovered it in mid-scene — and the not-so-fun kind: actor Bryan Pitts was injured in a could-have-been-fatal car accident and had to leave the show. But here’s the beauty part: Bryan showed up for the final performance (smiling, on crutches) and there were hugs and tears all around. Here’s director Jerry Russell with Bryan:
We got some great reviews and I got to hobnob with some famous folks who came out for the show. Through some very satisfying collaboration with the fabulous cast and director, we were able to change about 40 percent of the original script and make it 100 times better.
So. I’m drained. Still trying to sort it all out. Anxious to get on to the next thing. And thrilled to be done with the world premiere of THE SPORTS PAGE.
Now, after a long so-called winter, we can get on to what’s really important:
And there are 0 performances left in the world premiere of THE SPORTS PAGE.