Posted by Geoff | Posted in Blog | Posted on 10-27-2010
Tags: Bass, Buffy, Magic, Pick-Up Artist, Quiet
So I was casually looking at my computer’s clock when I noticed the date. It’s been a month since I moved to Seattle. I felt compelled to write about it. It’s been a big month.
I’m living with some very good friends I met at NAU, Matt and Roxy Hornbeck. As soon as I got to Seattle, Matt and Roxy took me to a rehearsal for quiet’s production of “Pick-Up Artist: The Musical”. For those of you who don’t know what quiet is, it’s a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts community. And for those of you not familiar with the show, Matt wrote it for his master’s thesis in sociology. After a few days of tagging along to rehearsals, Matt asked me if I play the bass. Knowing what was coming next, I simply said, “Not yet.”
So I started learning how to play the bass. I learned the show in the two weeks before we got into tech week. Once tech week started, it became clear that there wasn’t anybody with the time, or else the experience, to build the set. So in the few days before we opened I built three platforms. Along with having very little help, we also had the wrong screws, and the paint didn’t take to kindly to drying with it being cold and dark outside. It finally got done by final dress.
The show opened to great success. Most of the performances have been full. We’re doing panel discussions after every performance to create a dialogue with the community, and Matt asked me to facilitate two of them. It was really cool to see what people took away from the performances. Matt and Roxy also gave me an incredible opportunity, they asked me to be the programs director for quiet. They’ve been super awesome.
Speaking of awesome, they’ve also introduced me to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. I’ve been wanting to watch it for a long time, and they have it all on DVD, as well as “Angel”. So I’ve been watching through both series’. I’m on the last season of Buffy, and the fourth season of Angel, and things are IN TENTS. Every time I watch I get a little more depressed, and a little more impressed. It’s absolutely phenomenal, I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it. LOVE IT. Especially Giles. Then again, could just be that I love Anthony Stewart Head. Nah, Giles rocks.
This past weekend I applied to work at this little magic shop in Pike Place Market downtown. This place is sweet, you walk in and it’s wall to wall, floor to ceiling magic. The owner, Sheila, was super nice and seemed to like me, so here’s hoping for something good to happen as far as employment goes!
Matt, Roxy and I have also been working with two other organizations, Rainy Night Productions and The Heroes, on a cabaret project in the spring. More on that later.
Aside from all of that, I’ve just been having a blast exploring this city. There’s so much to see, I’ve only caught a glimpse. And that’s just from what I can walk to. So, more like a glimpse of a glimpse. It’s an amazing city, moving here was a great idea.
So that’s what I’ve been up to this past month. This weekend is the last for “Pick-Up Artist”, and then I start working on a production of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. I’m assistant directing, and really looking forward to it. This month has been packed, but it also seems like it has gone by in a flash. Maybe I’ll be compelled to keep this more up to date.
Thanks for keeping up with me.