After the Curtain


So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Forgive a proper New Hampshire boy for default to Robert Frost?

Messenger No. 4 (v 1.0) has been stripped out of the Blue Theatre, rolling chairs have been dispersed, it’s all over but the accounting and I am… surprisingly emotional.

I mentioned to Andy Rodgers just after opening that this show was as unfulfilling as any I’d ever done because I was so divorced from the process. I worked with Will on the script until Draft 3, which he took into rehearsal and then… left.

I wanted this show to be his. I wanted the writer to have his way with a text and not have the constant pressure of outside notes to cloud that. I felt it would be hypocritical to support Will as a writer except for when we were producing his first full length show…

So as we entered the hard production zone I hadn’t seen a run of any kind. I was making props for a show that I didn’t really know (biblically) and a cast I only knew piecemeal, not as an entity. We had a shortened tech period in the space because of the binary nature of this particular presentation and the final dress was a fascinating experiment in transdimensional physics. {please note even with ten actors they cannot be every where at once instantly…}

The downside of relying on open casting calls is that there is little or no continuity in an acting company. There isn’t a core of performers that know that they can trust us, that we will deliver, and that we’re more likely to not sleep for a month at a time rather than ever let them look bad. The upside is that it’s on us to earn that every time out.

The downside is that you never know how a group of people who have largely never worked with one another are going to approach adversity, real adversity, like say a transdimesional physics experiment run amok, until they are actually faced with it.

The upside is that when they grab a beast of a show like Messenger No. 4 and truly make it their own and iron out minor multiplicity and time paradox issues with velcro and spit it’s transcendent. This cast never stopped working to improve the show, to figure out new bits, or to make each other laugh.


Spending three weeks open with a show you enjoy is a great way to get to know a group of people and I have to say I’m gonna miss these goofy bastards. 

  • Congratulations, you guys, once more on a hell of an achievement. Looking forward to V2.0.