There is an as-yet unsubstantiated rumor going around about a big shake-up at a local theater company. I’m curious…and concerned. If anyone wants to assuage my curiosity, feel free to drop me a line.
While hanging out at Shuffles Dance Center (which is also the home of Stage 1 Theater Company, for those who have not yet made the entirely worth-it trip just a couple of miles up 301) with my daughter last night, I hung out briefly with some cast members of “Summer of ’42.” Several people are doing double-duty to be in this show. This isn’t an uncommon practice in the local theater world but it was kind of amazing to see two of the leads of currently-running shows (Audra Honaker in “I Ought to be in Pictures” and Frank Creasy in “Chapter Two”) in rehearsals for another one. And Fernando Rivadeniera must have been doing some double-time too, as he just closed out “True West” last weekend.
I think somehow the perception persists that actors are gadabouts or lay-abouts or couldn’t hack it in a “real” job. It’s nights like last night that remind me that actors are often among the hardest-working folks around. And when you measure the pay versus the hours invested, they are often among the least remunerated as well.