by, 03-30-2008 at 12:52 AM (426 Views)
Jesus H. Christ...
First off: I ****ing love you guys. Seriously. I've gotten almost a dozen PM's from this site professing their support. I look in the PSNP episode 54 thread with all the wellwishes from you guys. Every time I turn on my PS3 there's a new PM from someone telling me thanks for the memories, and everytime I enter the chatbox the conversation shifts from gaming to my play. I've almost been in tears at a few points reading some of these, and it just astounds me that you guys care as much as you do. I thought it would be a couple of thank you's and whatnot, and everything would go back to normal, but the support has really moved me and inspired me to do the best I can in the production, and come back to the show ASAP and still be a part of this community.
But c'mon guys. Quit being so sad. I'm not dead or anything!
Anyways, due to popular demand, I have decided to blog my theatre expirence right here, just for you guys ^_^. I'll post as frequently as I can, and I hope you enjoy.
I officialy start rehearsing on tuesday, but I've already done some work on my own. I went to the Campus to visit with my director just to talk about stuff for a little bit. From what I've seen, she's like most theatre directors I've met: She's nice, has a good sense of humor, demands perfection, and is so left wing she makes Lenin look like a moderate. I think we're gonna get along just fine. I was then given my script and told that I have until April 13th to get off book (Memorized).
On my way out, I ran into a new friend by the name of Logan. He was cast to be the most honorable prince of ****ing darkness himself: Satan. We shook hands briefly during the audience. He then greeted me by saying, "Hey...Jarrod right? Good to meet you. I'm Satan. I also play him in the play." He's a strange fellow indeed. I offered him lunch, and we took some time to talk about the show and our scenes together. After some time, he got a phone call. He then had a breif phone call, hung up, looked at me and said, "Say Jarrod: You wanna be in a movie real quick?"
We finished eating and ran to the other end of the college. I then met a director of a movie that was described to me as a mix between Jawbreaker and Heathers. I was an extra looking over a dead girl with fake blood all over her. Pretty simple, I just pretended to call 9-1-1. If you ever see a low rent movie where the end of it has a chubby guy in a Brandon Roy Portland Trailblazers jersey picks up a phone, it was probably me. After that I said my farewell's and went home.
When I left, I then found out something truly frightning: This part is ****ing huge. In a play that is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, I am on stage the entire damn thing. I'm in every scene except for the last scene. The only time my character leaves the stage, I have 30 seconds to change into another costume and come back as another character. The play is 77 pages, so I basicaly have 3 weeks to memorize a ****ing book. ****ing awesome.
So the show is called The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and it takes place in modern day purgatory. I play the honorable Judge Littlefield. He is a Civil War vet who was sent to purgatory because before the battle of Gettysburg, he hung himself. I preside over the case of God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth vs. Judas Iscariot. Think of my character as a crazy southern version of George Carlin. Simply put, the show is funny as hell. I've read the script 6 or 7 times now and I still giggle here and there.
I'm super excited to get started, and I'm very happy to have the oppurtunity. This isn't broadway or anything, but the Portland Community College theatre program is pretty well known here in the city, and I'm getting a small severence and college credits for my time. I hope to use this to help me get into a presteigous theatre program, as it will probably be my major. Who knows, I might make it big.
Thanks so much guys.