||[Jan. 31st, 2012|12:37 am]
|||||linda perry: fill me up||]|
It must have been six months ago that trillian_stars and I heard that actor Joshua Hitchens had adapted and produced a one man performance of Dracula for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. It sounded wonderful but we couldn't go because Trillian was in a Fringe show that conflicted. Later we heard that he was doing it at the Rosenbach Museum which actually has Bram Stokers original notes and it sounded even more wonderful but again we had a scheduling conflict, and then we saw a newspaper notice that there was a performance of it far far away and we thought we'd try to go and in the midst of this I thought "Why don't we just call him and see how much he'd charge to do it at our house?"
So Trillian did and Josh did and tonight we had an exclusive performance of Dracula in our living room for ten of our friends and ... friends ... let me tell you it was ... astounding, it was jaw dropping, it was mesmerizing.
I was gobsmacked at how he was able to instantly shift between characters, from a sinnister, terrifying Dracula to a witless though lovable John Harker, from horror to mirth, to pathos, to soul ripping regret in an instant. The audience was captivated, hands over mouthes, wiping away tears, and I kept thinking No one has ever had a better seat to this show -- I was two feet away on a chez lounge.
There are many great things about having a performance, a private performance, like this -- one of which is access -- that after the play the actors may pose for goofy photos with your wife. I know this runs the risk of turning into one of those things where some rich dude hires R. Kelly to play his daughters bat mitzvah and the only thing that comes out of it that a bunch of small green pieces of paper change hands and R. Kelly goes home feeling dirty, but it hinges, I think, on the people you invite -- that you find the people whose lives will be made better by knowing one another and you introduce them.....
It was ... I'm really at a bit of a loss for words, after the show the audience -- which consisted of a great wonderful expanse of people from incredibly diverse fields -- after the show there was the most wonderful conversation between Josh and this intimate group of friends about the motivations, the creation, the adaption ... this great work of art and the ribbon of influence that it had from it's inception to it's myriad interpretations, ending up in our living room.
I realize not everyone's got a Josh Hitchen's in their city with a one man version of Dracula -- but I think everybody's got somebody ... someone who plays the guitar or writes poetry or something and you should consider asking them to perform whatever it is they do in a space where you can share whatever it is with friends. Seriously. Be the person who's the person who introduces people to the things and people that they should meet and see.
I've said long ago that if you're doing things right, eventually all your idols will gravitate to your living room and it's true.
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"Well," I said, after everyone had left and we'd settled down onto the sofa, "I feel like I'm Gertrude Stein, & you're Alice B. Toklas."
"No," said trillian_stars, "you're Frog and I'm Toad."
And she put her head on my shoulder and I knew that's exactly what it was, and nothing in the universe could possibly make me happier.
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"... if you're doing things right, eventually all your idols will gravitate to your living room..."
I'm not sure if that's true for everyone, but I'm glad to be reading about someone for whom it is true. It sounds like it was a perfect and perfectly wonderful evening.
I love this, so much! I think sharing art and bringing people together creates such magic moments you never thought would happen.
I was a huge fan of a musician for 7 years. He lived in another country far far away, so I never expected to meet him. Well a kind friend hired me to take photographs of him when he was in America recording an album. She was interviewing him for a website and needed someone to take shots of him and the recording studio. This was my dream job and all because someone said hey are you interested I think you guys would work well together. Long story short two years later and he and I are very close friends and I'm now running a promotional team for his new music project. I told my husband this morning when did this amazing life where I get to make my own art and help others achieve their artistic goals become my life?! All because someone set thing in motion. It's a great feeling to know that things like this happen all over the place. I hope it has a continued rippled affect where your friends go on to inspire and put others together.
That sounds like a lovely evening.
THIS is how theatre should compete with digital media: do what it can't do. (Sounds like an excellent evening was had by all).
Edited at 2012-01-31 04:37 pm (UTC)
that was beautiful, Kyle.
From your pictures, he looks like he must be a fantastic actor, and really fascinating to talk with.
I'm in complete awe of your ability to make such amazingly cool things happen on such a day-to-day basis.
i think it might be momentum, you do one amazingly cool thing and the next day you're like "OK! WHAT NOW???"
That sounds totally awesome and I wish I'd had the chance to be there. Pulling off a one-man show like that takes incredible talent.
I've been blessed to be present at a private concert, but never a private one man show. Fantastic!
it was pretty awesome. you were never more than 3 steps from the action. immersive.
sounds (and looks) like it was lovely!
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