What I did this weekend.

Here’s what I did:

I wasn’t at the beach.

I wasn’t at the park.

I was at work all weekend long.

No, no, no . . . don’t start playing a violin for me.  I’m not looking for you to throw me a pity party.

Because it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time.

I spent the weekend making calls to some of the hundreds of people that have responded to the PeopleOfGodspell post.

Look, I knew there were people out there that loved theater, but nothing prepared me for some of the conversations I had with the wide variety of people that expressed interest in the offer.

– I spoke to a man who met John-Michael Tebelak a few years before he died, and was so inspired by him and by Godspell that he had gone on to perform in and direct over 20 productions of the show.

– I spoke to a man who was an Arabic language expert in the Air Force and had a masters in theater.

– I spoke to a songwriting couple from Los Angeles who said Stephen Schwartz was their hero.

– I spoke to a Broadway wardrobe supervisor, a Broadway stage manager, another stage manager, a Broadway actor, and more . . . and we talked about how back in the old days, staff members of shows got involved in the business end more often because the economics were so different.

– I spoke to a patent attorney, a trademark attorney, a securities attorney, and a few other attorneys, many of whom called themselves “theater dorks.”

– I spoke to a woman whose dad passed away recently and is looking forward to getting back to seeing shows again soon.

– I spoke to a guy in my home state of Massachusetts who commiserated with me after the Patriots lost to the Jets in the NFL’s Week 2.

So many people from all over the country with one thing in common: a passion for the theater.

Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend?

If I haven’t gotten to you yet, I’m sorry, and I will soon enough.  It’s just hard for me to get off the phone sometimes, despite my assistant screaming at me and threatening to smack me with the long call list.

But I’m getting there.

And having a blast in the process.

Comments
  • Peter E. says:

    sounds terrific — and that you are truly onto something with the Godspell revival. I wouldn’t be so surprised…I think there would be many across this country and of course, around the globe, who are very passionate about live theatre.

  • JJ says:

    Soooo….does this mean you’re the only Non-Jew in the entire theater business? I mean, who were you calling on Yom Kippur who actually picked up the PHONE? Everyone was at services!

  • Emily Acosta says:

    I think what puts this idea over the edge of brilliant-ness is the very fact Godspell is the show being produced. Some critics of the idea on the prior post argued that this crowd-funded model should be used to support newer works. But I think the lovely thing about Godspell is that so many people feel such a personal connection to the show, including myself, since it was the the first musical I was involved with in high school, and it sparked my passion for the theatre. This is so exciting… Best of luck!

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