Oct 152007

And thus, it comes to this. We are down to the last few days before Gorey Stories opens. Those final few moments of adjustments, fixes, and beating bits over and over again to get them just right. This is where the really hard work is. Pushing yourself that extra mile trying to find your mark. Trying to figure out what exactly it is you need to do to give the director exactly what he or she needs.

It’s rough stuff.

Of course, it’s also one of the reasons why companies like Jobsite continue to churn out phenomenal productions. There is no resting until the show is where it needs to be, and believe me when I say that in productions where that hasn’t happened by opening night the work continues.

So now comes the point when I try to convince you all to come see the show.

Let me start by saying up front that the show is, so far, selling really well. Tickets for a fourth weekend are being made available today at noon, and we have the option for adding a fifth as well.

And that, my friends, is why I’m not only asking you to come but to buy your tickets in advance. Like, now.

Let me be frank – I don’t do these shows for the paycheck. I do them because I respect and admire the work that Jobsite does, and I’m always honored when I get the chance to play in the sandbox. I do them to balance my creative side with my day job, so that I don’t spend my entire life wondering how I ended up working in the corporate world. I do them because, despite the hard work and the long hours away from my family, it’s fun and rewarding.

But I also enjoy getting paid – and Jobsite pays the cast and crew for doing a production. One of the big goals they have is to get to a point where they can offer their ensemble “living wages” for doing a show. That would be a bit of a stretch for my personal situation (considering my day job), and in the past I’ve been lucky if my check covered what I spent on gas and other assorted expenditures during the run of the show.

If, however, we manage to add a fourth or fifth weekend, that could change pretty dramatically. As this check is arriving at the end of November, it means a better Christmas for our boys. That’s right, bitches. I’m pulling out the “help our poor, deprived sons have a wonderful Christmas” card.

What more could you want out of a Halloween show? It’s Edward Gorey! It’s spooky! It’s sexy! It’s funny!

And I’m in it. And we all know I rule.

Oh, and it isn’t too late to get season tickets, either.

For more information about the show and to see some of the inspiration behind it, visit the Jobsite Blog.

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