You know, I haven’t written about this show yet mainly because I haven’t really been able to get my head around what I wanted to say.
As I always find myself doing in such situations, I shall just let myself do this in a kind of stream-of-conscience manner. I will, however, do so behind a cut that really has all the important information in it.
Oh? You want the long version? Cool.
I fell in love with this play when I first read it. There are certain scripts you read that you just salivate at the thought of being a part of, and MotK was one of them. I knew the production was going to be amazing, and I desperately wanted to be part of it.
I didn’t get a part.
Which, of course, led to the typical mourning period of a few days in which the director and the folks who did get cast in it feel a little awkward around you because they never know if you’re gonna take it personally and get all emo on them (little FYI here, folks…actors are can be really over-sensitive and dramatic…no, it’s true…for realz). I got over it, though, and looked forward to actually seeing what they did with it. Hell, it had some folks who I not only consider to be my friends but some of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. Why wouldn’t it be good?
I wasn’t disappointed. I laughed my ass off. I damn near cried at parts.
Both times I saw it.
The show was as good as I thought it would be. At parts it was even better.
And the casting was spot on. Not something you necessarily WANT to admit when the casting didn’t include you, but it’s true.
Now it’s back. Those of you who didn’t make it out the first time have another chance to catch an original piece of theater that was created right here in the Tampa Bay Area. Those of you who saw it before have a chance to see how the show has improved because of YOUR reactions and feedback. To see how they’ve worked to improve the production before attempting to shop it on a larger scale.
Which is another reason why you should go see the show. If you support what Jobsite does here in the Bay Area, and you believe in promoting arts and artists that aren’t been spoon fed to you by a corporation (and, for you fiscal conservatives, operating in a largely self-sufficient manner) then it is imperative you get out to the Shimberg and support this show. Especially opening weekend.
Theater needs an audience. Comedy needs laughter. Without a houseful of people in chairs it’s just a bunch of people repeating the same shit to each other they have been saying for the last two months. It’s YOU that makes the difference.
Support local theater.
Have a good time.
Take a date and get lucky afterward. Who cares if they are thinking about maladr1n the whole time? You’re the one that will be scoring, right?
Ok, if you need even MORE motivation there is a way you can win free tickets. Check out the March of the Kitefliers MySpace page. View the video blogs and find out how you can enter to win FREE tickets to opening weekend.
If there is any other thing I could say that might get you there, if you ever wanted to see an artistic representation of the way I look at the world, go see this play. I won’t give away anything more than that.