Preface: You might remember my dear friend and castmate, Michelle Moreno. I wrote about her passion for succulents a while back. (Read that post here.) She sent me this photo this morning. She said she had a vision for it and for me. She wanted me to use it as a prompt so naturally, I did. What you see here is the result of Michelle's art creating more art. Love it! Love her! Love being backstage again!
There is a certain mythology to the dressing room, one which people inquire about or my readers enjoy reading about, so they tell me. To this community theater actor, dressing rooms can be quite a haven, quite a sanctuary, quite a place of creativity as we prepare and then wait to take the stage.
In this photo I may be seen, forever in time, catching up on facebook on June 20, 2012, as I wait.
I am not socializing on facebook mind you, I am doing business networking. I am feeling a renewed love for the business side of what I do, so I am capitalizing on my business romancing while also nurturing my more conventional creative side.
You can see I am dressed to go on, Michelle has prettified my hair. My scene is still about forty minutes away.
Keeping me company while I wait I have a book of Laurence Ferlinghetti poetry, some throat lozenges for my nagging cough, a huge tome of a book underneath the poems titled Mad Woman in the Attic and under that – in red – is my script. Michelle and I did our usual line running shortly after she took this shot.
She didn’t happen to capture me as I wrote snippets for future poems made up of the verbal action in the dressing room. That may have been my single most fun activity of all last night while waiting.
This is primarily a transcript of what my castmates were saying as I sat, invisibly, in my little corner.
I like taking pictures
I had their donut sandwich
It was pretty good
They put American cheese on it
Scene change random straight wait a minute
You should play my birthing doctor
Different accents anyway
Scotts scotts scotts the lower I go
The worse it gets
They say the don't have to match
Why did you think that?
Its comfy and ready for bed
Bottled water opens on one, two, three
Then another one, two, three and another
Think about what you did
And its five, again,
Character development as long
As its sexy vampires they don't care
Can I call you after I die?
It should be twenty minutes or so
Is that the shirt you're wearing?
Do you want to....
Yeah! Outside? Now or do you need
To wait ~
With that, Michelle and I left the dressing room. Time to run lines and be sure we are ready to be out there, on stage, performing in a way that is pleasing to the future audiences, our director, ourselves and I always have the playwright in the center of my heart and intention when I take the stage.
Then we get to do it all again tomorrow. That makes me smile.
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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