And that’s ok, it was supposed to.
It was a play -- my first acting performance in many years.
The audition opportunity floated into my conciousness by way of conversation.
“Are you auditioning for ‘33 Variations?’” My friend inquired.
“I don’t know… is there a role for me?” I replied.
It just so happened that the local theater was looking for someone to play a flaky chick between the ages of 20 and 30. Not a difficult character for me to inhabit, if you catch my drift.
I dusted off an old audition monologue, that interestingly, was still pretty well-memorized after a long stretch of disuse. Harper’s plane speech from Angels in America.
-- Harper, Angels in America
The play explored the origin story of Beethoven’s 33 Variations. We actors told the story of the music while a pianist played the variations as they were theorized by one of the show's main characters, Beethoven.
The production’s pianist, Aaron, always performed barefoot. Shoes get in the way, he said.
I’m not so a talented writer as to be able to put into words the joy (and wild energy and general nuttiness) that radiates off a bunch of theater people with a show to put on. The thing about acting is you get to do all the shit you don’t get to do in real life. You experiment with personas. You try on the identity of a complete asshole. You recall the physicality of a child. You fight. You kiss. You rage. You fall in love.
It’s really fucking fun.
And I’m getting ready to leave it again.
I’ll be relocating to the Chicago suburbs ‘til November 6. I'm getting back into politics for a spell. I can't abide what is being perpetrated with my tax dollars.
My character in 33 Variations, Clara, is often described as “a wanderer.” She changes art mediums and career paths with the seasons. I certainly can empathize, with careers in politics, theater and journalism on my resume.
Beethoven repeats the line “there’s more in there,” through the course of the show. He’s referring to the waltz of Anton Diabelli’s that inspired his 33 variations. There's more in there.
That’s kind of how I feel about… most things. I can’t sit still for too long. There’s so much more.
Anyways, the point of this blog post is to state that a probably won’t write much aside from press releases until November.
Talk to you later. Please vote.