It takes a lot of people to put on a theater show. It also takes a lot of focus, talent, hard work and a central vision to make it memorable. I’m assistant directing The Drunken City at Renegade Theatre Experiment in San Jose and with opening night being only two days away, I can’t help but acknowledge that some of the people involved in the production have lived with this script longer than me, and some others will continue to live with it after it opens (ahem- the actors, stage manager…).
I started this trip a few months ago when director, Jeffrey Lo, asked if I would be interested in trying on a new hat. The hat being, assistant directing a stage production. I’m all for learning new things, especially if it’ll help me appreciate the hard work other people do. Hard work is artwork.
Here’s a blurb about the show:
Take three brides-to-be, one handsome stranger and an entire evening’s worth of glittery pink cocktails, and you’ve got the intoxicatingly entertaining modern romantic comedy The Drunken City. Written by Adam Bock (The Receptionist), this story of an epic pre-wedding bar crawl turned life-changing night centers around three women who must contend with their true feelings about their impending nuptials. Can a drunken party night gone hilariously wrong actually prove to be a new beginning for these ladies in the city that never sleeps?
I rarely get the chance to watch actors work. “But you’re an actor, you see it all the time.”, you say. Yeah, I suppose so, but having a physical difference to the work really does give it a new perspective. This production was a treat because of my relationship with members of the team. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many of them in other shows, but as an actor.
My housemate is also in the cast. That’s a new one for me!
Here are photos from rehearsals leading up to tech week!
After weeks of work, we can finally move it on the main stage!
I hope you add us to your calendar and treat yourself to the show! You’ll find show information below.
- Adam Bock, Rachel Dratch and More Set for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS Panels, 8/7-8 (offbroadway.broadwayworld.com)