This is Jordin. Hello!
Here we are in tech week: a time that seems to be designed to drive theatre people insane the week before a show opens. So much to do! So little time!
I hit this week running after a weekend of craziness (unrelated to OAT) in which I was challenged to create a three act devised piece about Identity in the 21st Century with 13 other young theatre makers in just 36 hours. Needless to say, sleep was low, stress was high, and I was dreading the onslaught of endless work for Romeo and Juliet.
Nonetheless, I dragged my tired butt out of bed on Monday morning with a mind to take on and conquer the mission of madness that is TECH WEEK. First order of business was nailing down our last two performance locations. This is a task I probably should have had done weeks before, but I had found myself running into wall after wall as I tried to coordinate the last couple spots. I am definitely still learning about the whole producing game...
To quote Fate from OAT's Romeo and Juliet, "But passion lends them power; time means to meet, temp'ring extremities with extreme sweet." In this case "them" is just me. And time did mean for me to meet our last two locations this week! They were both unique and unexpected solutions made possible by wonderful, art-loving people. HELL YEAH!
By the way, if you haven't noticed, I recently learned to put gif's in my blog posts and I am really enjoying myself.
Anywho, back to crazy nuts bananas expectations and tech week. As it turns out, this week has in fact been insane and a lot of work. BUT, it has at the same time been rejuvenating and soul-quenching. This is for several reasons, some of which Ryan touched upon in his last blog post. OAT is a family (especially when MJ and John Steele are making meals for every rehearsal and the cast is gathering together to share food and laughs and love). And this family is creating some kickass, unique, magical, hilarious, heart-wrenching art that in just a little under a week we will get to share with the greater Portland community. I am feeling beautifully giddy and stoked and a little terrified. And I do not think that I can fully explain in words how insanely amazing this show is going to be. SO COME SEE IT!!
Now off I go, back to tech week insanity. I can't wait :)