Q: Do you know what the worst thing about going on vacation is?

A: The two weeks leading up to the vacation.

SIGH.
We have been busier than a one-armed paperhanger with a case of the hives around here … we sent the winter/spring classes brochure off to the printer, changed the name of the gala (it’s now Gateway to India—lovely, no?) and secured wine of many colors for it (thank you, Wente Vineyards!), almost finished the season brochure, put up next season’s production calendar online … all while participating in the festive espionage that is the Secret Santa. Oh! And attending two (count’em, 2!) holiday parties, one with the board and one without*, and even starting auditions for next season.
It’s awesome–every time you go into the kitchenette to rinse out your coffee mug, there’s a man or woman pacing the Plank Stage and making strange noises, performing some strange hybrid of acting warm-up exercise and actual physical exercise (have I mentioned that the green room is as cold as a tomb this time of year?).
Here’s a few of today’s auditoners, accompanied by pictures of them making faces appropriate to their monologues:
Carmalita Shreve is an Equity actor who travelled here today from Vallejo; she auditioned with the Duchess of York’s cursing monlogue from Richard III.
This is Mary Mims, another Equity member who performed a cursing monologue from RIII—this time Queen Margaret’s. Mary came all the way from Portland to audition and to visit friends, but she didn’t drive, as she’s never learned. In fact, Mary thinks that “the automobile is the second-worst invention of our time.” The first? “Gunpowder.”
Jackson Davis has two last names. His name(s) is/are also an intersection in San Francisco, but sadly, not where he lives. This Equity actor’s from the South Bay, and he performed two monlogues today: one form Richard II and one as Tregorin from The Seagull. He recently did a show at Marin Theatre Company.
And finally, the only truly local actor I spoke to today, and also the only non-AEA: Natanya Silverman, who performed one of Viola’s monologues from Twelfth Night.
 
Best of luck, guys!
 
*Check out some staff holiday party photos!
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