(On June 6 – a night before the opening)
This production is created via social media. After I had a brief meeting with Judith, an old friend/student/colleague of mine, I decided to put together a small fundraiser. We had one month!
This is my posting on May 5.
Within a day – I received messages from actors and writers: “Let’s do it.” I had a couple of meetings (and text exchanges) with Michele, Josh, Warren and Pea – and picked several plays from the past ACTober Festivals. Originally, it was supposed to be “the sexiest production in Los Angeles” – because we all know sex sells! However, I changed my mind (again), and decided to call it “Let’s get it on… for ten minutes.” (with apologies to that sexy song from 40 years ago).
Now, we know we wanted to make it FUN. So logo design came pretty easily – and it was specifically created for the FaceBook event header. This was not for print – so I didn’t have to worry about color or size too much.
I HATE AUDITIONING ACTORS!!!! That’s pretty degrading to actors. Actors who shine with interviewers are actors who are trained to AUDITION WELL – not necessarily actors who are well TRAINED, nor actors who can take direction well. So, I didn’t hold ANY auditions …. I just cast actors who were available and willing to help the cause. Many small theaters have gone under in the last 5 years in Los Angeles, so we all shared one goal: save the JET studio.
On May 20, we had six plays lined up.
On May 24, one of main actors Jerri Manthey booked a movie so I wracked my brain looking for someone to fill her shoes. That evening, I replaced both of her parts with old friends, CJ and Shai…. by text messaging.
On May 27, cast decided 6 plays would be too short. So, I started thinking… “Shall I add one more play?”
So, I added a Drama/Japanese play to the line-up on June 1. The parts were played by existing cast members.
PERFECTLY BALANCED PRODUCTION OF: Comedy, love, and a bit with a dog.
On June 3rd, my CAT WOMAN got a back injury!!!!
June 4th – Tech rehearsal – I asked Josh to jump in and be sexy as a CAT. So, he did. CASTING COMPLETE!
In two weeks – we squeezed in 3 rehearsal minimum per play x seven plays – at the JET and my husband’s studio while my 8 month was held by his dad, aunties, uncles and fellow cast members.
After one year off, I am so happy to be working again with our members, friends and family.
Tomorrow, we will kick ass –