We've been in Edinburgh since August 4 and I have performed 8 performances of YO GIRL!
I've learned the following:
I STILL need to rehearse the show.
Just because I do it everyday, that isn't enough. I have an hour's worth of material to go over...and everyday it is different.
Maybe next time I'll learn to do burlesque, strip, juggle, play guitar etc...
There are straight plays, but in Edinburgh, you don't just want to see a straight play, you want to escape into fantastical Harry Potter on crack territory. You want to be taken from your everyday world and thrust into a whole different universe. I can not and will not compete with the women whose whole play is comprised of using their boobs play musical instruments. I feel pressure because these type of shows are AMAZING...but...alas...that's not what I wrote.
Being from New York, there is always a certain smugness I have...which can be myopic and dumb. This festival has opened my eyes to other experiences, people and levels of performance that is mind blowing. Edinburgh is like NO OTHER THEATRE FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD. I try not to view it as a monster (as some do), but more like a wave that I'm surfing. Some days are rough waters, other days are smooth sailing.
All work and no play...
I've seen a lot of terrific shows, I LOVE being here. That said, I'm taking a break tonight. After the show, we had lunch together and I decided to skip the High Street preview performance we had scheduled.
I snoozed and then went to the gym. I needed a break from the Edinburgh madness. Passing out flyers, meeting different press folks, the adrenaline from doing multiple consecutive performances.
TAKING TIME FOR MOTHER-EFFING GRATITUDE
Audiences love the show and I'm so grateful for that. After today's performance, a Scottish gentleman was very kind and said that the show was "spot-on". That meant the world to me. He's not my friend and not related to me. Just someone who randomly came to see the show.
We've also gotten really terrific reviews. We're also in talks with some producers about possible future tours.
These are all things that we had hoped for and the rest is icing on the cake. I feel so much gratitude for all of these things.
And lastly, if I do the Fringe next year, I would seriously consider guitar and juggling lessons and/or investing in a bustier where flames shoot out of it...I'm just saying.