First Day of the Trip – Before the Flight

It’s close to 4:30 a.m. and I’m fully awake. My alarm went off at 3:30 a.m. with one snooze button selection but I was able to get up to start my Monday at 3:40 a.m.
Right now I am drinking my coffee and catching up on the internet news going over the list of items in my head I need to take with me to New York. I believe everything is packed and ready.
I went over my lines last night with Chelby and I seem to have it all down pretty well now. We’ll just have to see how well, for sure, as tonight is my first rehearsal, most importantly, a dress rehearsal.
Chelby and I spent most of Saturday shopping for clothes for the play, shopping for my Fergus costume, if you will. Fergus is the name of the character I will be playing in the play (for details read this), a police detective type depicted in classic film noir. I was able to find a couple of good choices of black fedoras, a nice pair of black slacks and a white long sleeved shirt. I will be using a few choice ties that I already own to go with my costume.
Fergus
Late afternoon yesterday, Chelby had a good idea of wearing a vest to go with my costume. I didn’t know what Simon would think of that but we went to a couple of places quickly to search for the item but had no luck. If Simon approves, I may shop a little more while in New York before the opening Wednesday night.
I will be leaving for the airport in about 45 minutes so I better hurry with the coffee and shower.

I have a part in the world

Just an update to my last post. I got word from Simon today that he wants me to play a small role in the performance. Needless to say I was totally shocked.

Of course, I am excited. I’ve never been in a play before, unless you want to count the parts I had in kindergarten. The most exciting thing about this first experience is that it will be – should I call it – an off-Broadway play right in the theatre district of Manhattan. BRILLIANT!

I need to thank Simon for having faith in me. I’ve acted before, if you call working as a gangster on the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios acting. But trusting me with this task, even if it is a small part, is something powerful.

The only difficult thing about this is that I will not be up there for all of the rehearsals. I did, however, change my plane reservation so that I would be up there until the 7th instead of leaving on the 5th. Getting there on the 30th will allow me a couple of rehearsals before the play starts on the 2nd. Crunch time!

I don’t have the part

Well, kiddies, if you have been following along, you know that I auditioned for a play a couple of months back. If you don’t know the history, you can catch up here: Acting
Yes, it’s true, I didn’t get the part. I found out the hard way at the beginning of the week, I went to the web site of the theatre company and perused the Glengarry Glen Ross section. My name was not in the cast list.
Oh well. I didn’t really expect to get the part. I honestly didn’t expect to get as far as I did when I was called back after the first audition in February.
I’m striking this experience up as…that…a learning experience. I’ll keep on trying and hope that some day I will be cast in a play.

Do I have the part?

I just got back from my callback audition for Glengarry Glen Ross. I don’t know what to think other than I don’t feel positive that I have a part.
When I arrived at the theatre, I checked in, sat down and waited in the lobby with about 10 other guys, you could cut the tension in the air with a hot butter knife. Not long after 2:00 p.m., the director came out to invite us all into one of the auditoriums. We all listened to his speech about the play and he gave us a rundown of how the process would work. We all were paired and given scenes from the play from Act I of select conversations between two characters. Some of us got the same scene, and some got different scenes, each of us were supposed to act out both sides.
My partner and I got the scene of Moss and Aronow in the restaurant. While we waited for our turn, we both went over both sides of the short scene many times until we both were comfortable. After close to 45 minutes of studying our lines, it was our turn.
We entered the auditorium where we found the two directors seated at a table ready to take notes and two chairs in front of them for our use, if we decided to sit down. One of the directors informed us first what he wanted to see, he wanted me to be Moss first. We delivered the scene pretty well standing up, still working off of the scene sheet they gave us, but trying not to use it as much as possible. He then wanted us to reverse the roles in which I assumed the role of Aronow. After we delivered this roll reversal, he wanted us to do it again, but this time sitting down.
After we were done he simply thanked us and then proceeded to inform my partner to stay because he wanted my partner to deliver lines from the play of a different character.
I immediately left after thanking them not knowing what was next. I would have thought that if I was considered for a part in the play that they would have said something to me. Remember, I am new to this, I have never auditioned for a play before so I am extremely new to the procedures. However, I noticed that while we were waiting for our turn in the lobby that the other gentlemen that went before us were also leaving immediately after their turn. So, by viewing this example, I can only assume that they will inform us at a later time after studying all performances.
I really hope I get the part.