One I can talk about though, is the possibility of doing the show in College Station, (about an hour and a half from here, where Texas A&M resides). My friend, Ann, who did the first production of my play, 'Blue Baby' in Phoenix, lives there, and has been making the connections for me to do the play there. Thanks so much, Ann! There are lots of possibilities in these rural Texas towns, as I am now beginning to see the vision for Southern Utah as well. As the show gets stronger and more compact, it makes more sense to pursue these shows next Spring and Summer. I'm beginning to understand better the nature of touring a show.
I think if anything can be said of doing the show here in Austin, is that the show is becoming more complete and polished. This weekend, I'll begin to 're-tool' some of the slides, and rearrange them. As I question different audiences, the response to the slides is overwhelming. The photo I have of my mother as 'The Salvationist' is as powerful as a photo can be with the material I'm presenting. (Mom, I need more photos of you sent to me, there a couple more places I want to place you, if that's alright. Jpegs, if possible.)
Last night, I had a theatre group in the audience who are doing their play in the FronteraFest. (That's the festival I'm doing in January). It was great to have some theatre 'insiders' in the audience. The majority of theatre artists who come to another show bring such a positive energy to the table, they want your show to succeed, and last night was a perfect example of that theory. Not only did they laugh at the humor in the play, but actually clapped after the songs. When an audience is small, its difficult most of the time for a few people to commit to actually laughing out loud, but theatre artists are fearless in the theatre. As I was sitting back stage waiting to go on, I could hear their voices, and although there was only ten of them, they sounded as if the whole theatre was filled. It was so great having them there! After the show, they stayed and wanted to talk about the show, the festival, and of course, theatre. These are the kind of audiences I need to get in there, as theatre artists who like your show are the very ones who become 'evangelists' for other audience members.
There is still much to do today before the show, so need to get 'back on the road', however, know that I am soaring in my spirit, and happy to be, as David said to me last night in a text, 'living the dream'. Tonight after our show, the promoter of the production company who is presenting 'Sister Hazel' here in Austin, invited us and gave us free tickets to the show, (more on this development later), so we are definitely getting our music lessons and inspiration here.
"Most of the time, the story you want to hear is the one that doesn't make any sense..."
Excerpt from 'Bohemian Cowboy'