I promise that I am not complaining; I am blessed. For the majority of actors and performers, opportunities are often few and far between, especially for pay. This week I have had the rare experience of opening two different shows – a schedule that has wound me up and worn me down. But it has all been worth it.
On Wednesday morning “Bessie’s Big Shot” had its first performance in front of an audience of about 50 children at the Sunset Park Recreation Center. This is a touring marionette show through the City Parks Foundation and the Swedish Cottage Theatre. It’s about a cow who runs away to join the circus, and has some beautiful puppets controlled by some brilliant puppeteers (and me).
On Thursday night the Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre premiered “Mr. M”, a new play written and directed by Vit Horejs, a genius in his own right. The play is based on the book “Pan Theodor Mundstock” by Ladislav Fuks. The show will be playing at the Theatre for the New City through May 1st, with a one week engagement to follow at the Manhattan JCC.
Sunday night (April 17) will also be the April Fools edition of the Susie Campanaro Variety Hour, which has an afternoon and evening long lineup of many great acts including comedian Rob Shapiro, Juliet Jeske, Mistress B., Sweet Soubrette, and Eric Walton.
Three shows, two openings, one happy performer.