Happy New Year everyone! It’s February already! Somehow.
I used to blog more faithfully, but ever since I started a relationship with Solo Performance, I haven’t had as much time. You know how it is when you start a new relationship. It starts as infatuation, but over time, if it’s a right match- it can become serious. And me and Solo are definitely serious. We are committed. Solo is my life partner. It’s a lot of work, but Solo is worth it.
And while Solo is worth it, you know how being in a relationship is like someone holding a mirror up to your face showing you all your strengths and weaknesses? Yeah that. I had no idea how lazy, artsy fartsy and somehow a perfectionist all at the same time, I could be. But Solo reveals to me where I need work, but also, what I do well.
What I do well: I work well under pressure. Last month during my performance at Tell It on Tuesday at the Marsh Theater, it was a sold out crowd and in a group of 4 solo performers (20 minutes each), I had to go on first. You would think I would be nervous- and I was. But the energy of the room actually helped me to focus. Also I secretly love going on first. I walk around pregnant with this adrenaline baby that feels like it’s going to burst any second if I don’t get on stage and give birth immediately! And then I deliver the baby and it’s a joyous occasion. But the labor is a lot easier if the delivery and waiting rooms are filled to capacity. It’s a much lonelier birth if the room is half full. I need all the support I can get. And yes my boyfriend Solo gets me pregnant a lot. He means well.
Where I need work: I took a temperament test years ago and my results stated I was highly Phlegmatic (followed by Sanguine). Under Phlegmatic’s Strengths and Weakness it states: STRENGTHS: Works well under pressure. WEAKNESSES: Only works under pressure. This is so me. Unless I have some ridiculous ambitious goal coming up, I don’t do squat. I hibernate. I don’t want to give birth again. I want a C-Section instead. Drug me up, pull it out, wake me up when it’s over. It’s so easy for me to swing the other way. Rather than working on my process during my downtime, I get lazy. And what is so sad about that is that the only way to become a better performer is to keep doing it. But performance venues with open mic opportunities don’t want 20 minutes of material (which is my normal size baby)- that baby is too big. They only want 5 minutes, 6 minutes max usually. What? That’s a fetus! In the past few weeks I have been attending storytelling events and open mics, wondering how I could participate. My background is theatre, not storytelling. I don’t like breaking the fourth wall, but my boyfriend Solo insists that I have to address the audience directly if I want to have a better one woman show. “No,” I tell Solo, “I want to be in character the whole time,” but Solo insists I make eye contact with the audience. Now a fellow writer might tell me, “just write a story that is all in character”, but I have only been able to achieve this once when I wrote my first short solo piece “Cat Nanny 911!”. My main character was from the East Coast apparently, because that is the voice I heard in my head. But since then, every time I write a story, I do not hear just characters, but I hear my own voice, the narrator. And while that is fun to write, it sucks to perform. Although I’ve been told from one of my teachers that I am getting better at addressing the audience. Narrative is the least fun for me. It feels like public speaking, which doesn’t seem creative.
So like I said, these past few weeks I attended storytelling events that my storytelling guru friend Jeff Hanson dragged me to such as:
and of course…
Now I’m already in a steady relationship with Solo Performance, so if I start dating Storytelling, I dunno, it could get messy. But Solo insists he won’t be offended. Shoot, I didn’t know I was in an open relationship this whole time, I’ve only had eyes for Solo.
So that is my existential crisis for this blog. And now… upcoming performance dates!
If you missed my performance last month on Tell It On Tuesday, I will be performing that piece again this month and next month in San Francisco:
Sunday, February 25th, 7pm Stage Werx, SF -Part of the Solo Sundays Series
Spring time-1986. High School Cheerleading Tryouts. Theresa had just made the squad -again! All the usual suspects had made the cut that year- well, except for one new girl. The new girl was different. She was really nice to everyone at school- the jocks, the geeks……. even the Mexicans. Well it was because the new girl was Mexican. OH, Theresa wasn’t judging her. Theresa is Mexican too! Sort of.
Saturday, March 10th, 1pm, The Marsh Theater, 1062 Valencia St, SF.
I team up with fellow solo performer, Irma Herrera, who will be performing a new piece, “Your Name is WHAT?” as part of the Marsh Madness Series at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. Show starts at 1pm.