Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Difficult to get going today. I’m spending time looking at market listings instead of doing the writing I need to do.
Yesterday was okay. Didn’t get much writing done, because my day was eaten up at the theatre. As usual, there was enormous resistance getting there. I found myself walking more and more slowly as I approached the building. And there’s nothing wrong with the work. I enjoy it. The costumes are beautiful, and I learn from the details every week. It’s amazing how much difference a ribbon on a seam line, or the right kind of button makes. Now, these buttons are tiny – vest buttons – yet the detail of the button speaks volumes about the character wearing it, and it translates across to the audience.
It’s in the details. That’s something to remember in writing. So often, especially when I’m feeling under time pressure, I talk about something instead of showing it with a few well-chosen details. I usually catch it and fix it in the rewrite – which is why it’s so important for me to start a deadlined project early enough so I can put it away for a few days and do a good rewrite with a fresh eye.
By the end of the afternoon, I was exhausted – my lower back and knees hurt from hours of standing on concrete and walking up and down concrete stairs. The lighting is less than wonderful for beading and doing close stitching. Plus, the wrist bothered me, although I had it wrapped and was trying to go easy on it. Of course, it’s my right wrist and I’m right handed. But it was just a bit sore and tired – not anywhere near as bad as it could have been. And, at the end of the afternoon, I had the chance to socialize with friends and colleagues, which is always fun. It’s a good show, and I’m sure it will walk away with several Tony Awards in June. It deserves them.
In other words, there’s no excuse for the resistance I feel going to work, except that since I’m transitioning out of theatre, I want it to happen quickly instead of slowly. And yet, I don’t want to lose my ties there, especially to many of the wonderful people I met over the years.
Sight Unseen opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway. I dressed the show several years ago, when it was off-Broadway. Adam Arkin brought me in with him, when he moved to it after The Extra Man closed, and Laura Linney was still in it, preparing to leave. Now Laura is playing the role Magaret Colin played. The show was a wonderful experience –we were downtown at the Orpheum, and the cast and crew were a delight. We laughed a lot together. We played a lot together. Some of my happiest memories are connected with that theatre and that show. I plan to use some of those memories down the line as inspiration with Nina Bell, the protagonist of Tapestry.
So perhaps I’m feeling nostalgic today.
It’s a cool, rainy day. The cats are happily sleeping – one gray one blends right into the gray blanket.
Greenwich HS Continuing Education called to set the dates for the Dialogue Workshop – it will start Oct 18 and end Nov. 22. Perfect. I’m looking forward to it.
Now, if I can just concentrate on what I need to accomplish today: finish the Preakness/Belmont article, work on some short internet pieces, do the first draft of this week’s episodes of The Widow’s Chamber, and get some work done on Periwinkle.
The first game of the 2004 Stanley Cup final between Calgary and Tampa Bay was great yesterday. Calgary won, 4-1. I’m not sure who I want to win the Cup. I just know I want it to go a full seven games.