My reign is over. My run with the San Francisco Fringe Festival is now a thing of the past, and I am filled with all of the usual emotions that follow the run of good show: sadness, relief, pride, joy. This was possibly the greatest journey of my life thus far, and I spent so much time looking forward to it and I'm in shock that it's actually over now. But I don't regret a thing. I met some terrific people, saw some fantastic theatre, visited a city that I've been dying to go to for years, and put on a kick-ass show.
The downside of the Fringe experience is that it's all done by lottery. It's a stroke of luck whether you get in or not, so seniority offers you absolutely nothing in terms of future participation. I like to think that I formed some pretty good bonds with the members of the Exit Theatre staff, at least for a two-week period, and would love to work with these people again. But whether or not I left a lasting impression or not, it won't help me either way in the future.
Now that all of my summer projects have come to a close, I'm sure a lot of you are wondering what's next for me. I haven't completely decided yet. I may continue to develop "VGL", trying to make it more current, since a lot of the text is still the same as it was in 2009. I may try to take "Fame Whore" to the next level, although I would like to see how the Glammy Award (or should I say "Glam Award") situation turns out in the next couple of months before I dive into that too deeply. I've also thought about writing a cabaret act, so perhaps now is the time. But all I know is that I now have a fever, and the only cure is more Fringe.
When I first began on this journey, I saw the San Francisco Fringe Festival as the ending goal. But now I realize that this one festival is just another stepping stone in a greater artistic escapade. So I'm marking down deadlines now to get my one-man show(s) into festivals in even more wonderful places. I'm still doing research, but I know for a fact that I've got my sights set on Toronto in 2013...