A couple things always surprise me about going through production to open a show. I don’t know why I’m surprised; I should totally be used to it by now, but I’m not.
Maybe I’m like the goldfish. They say goldfish have no memory, so every trip around the bowl is a new experience. Swim swim swim. . . Hey, look! A plastic cave! Swim swim swim. . . Hey, look! A plastic cave!
Or like the addict: This time, it’ll be different.
One of the things that surprises me is how each time I do production, it’s harder. This is because each time I do it, I’m older (I hit 40 this month, post to come!). My brain thinks that with age comes experience and so each production period should be easier than the last. My body, however, says, Sweetheart, you ain’t twenty-eight anymore.
When the sleep deprivation is hitting me and I struggle lifting coils of cable, it strikes me how viciously difficult it must be for women that have their kids later in life.
The other thing that surprises me is how long it takes me to come back to life when production is over. In my head, the day after opening night I have my house clean and I’m making home-cooked meals after I run five miles and go to yoga. My body, however, is fully invested in making endless pots of tea, reading magazines, and eating Girl Scout cookies.
Which is bliss.
All the flowering things are blooming in my neighborhood. It’s really beautiful. The last time I was here during daylight, it was winter. To me, it’s as if they just popped up in full bloom overnight.
And around my house, I struggle to understand anything that’s happening:
#4, wearing one shoe: I lost my shoe.
Me: I see. That’s problematic.
#4, to #5: Can you come help me find my shoe?
#5: You lost your shoe?
#4, shaking her foot: Duh.
#5: What’s wrong with you?
#4: Just come help me look.
They walk out of the kitchen. About thirty seconds later #5 walks back in.
#5: Sometimes she makes no sense.
#5: Yeah. She just told me to come look for her shoe and we went to her door but then she wouldn’t let me in her room.
#5: That’s like sending a cow to an orphanage.
One of my favorite bloggers came to my opening night show last week and wrote about it. Check her out: GoJulesGo at GoGuiltyPleasures- How I Almost Walked The Red Carpet Last Week.