March 4, 2013

Time to Thaw

Alas, FRIGID New York is now over. These past two weeks have been some of the best of my life, and I hate to see them go but I love to watch them walk away. I have seen some truly wonderful pieces of theatre throughout this festival (17, to be exact) and been inspired by all kinds of artists from all over the world.

I won't say whether I enjoyed myself more at the San Francisco Fringe or at FRIGID New York, because I don't think I can decide. Both festivals had their wonderful memories. But I can say that I learned a lot more at the FRIGID Festival...about Fringe theatre, about my performance style, about my demographic.

As I've said in several interviews, when I first wrote "VGL 5'4" Top" four years ago, I wrote it with a primarily gay male demographic in mind. However, throughout the five runs that I've had of this show, I've learned that my show appeals to more heterosexuals and lesbians than anything else. Therefore, I ought to keep writing gay shows...but for a straight audience.

Sure, there are plenty of gay men in the audience and, generally speaking, they love it, but like I mentioned last week, the gay media doesn't seem too keen on helping me promote my work, which is quite the opposite of convenient. Especially because the title of my show is very much a gay inside joke, which hadn't even really occurred to me until a couple of weeks ago. If it weren't so specific, I may have been able to fill a few more seats, but I am very pleased with this run and have absolutely zero regrets.

That being said, I think I'm getting ready to move on. Obviously I can't have another show ready in time for the Toronto Fringe in July, but once that's over I think I'm going to retire "VGL" and begin working on my next project. I'm very proud of this show, of course, but I've been doing it for four years now. I keep reprising it in New York, hoping it might get more attention, and every time I do it someone else misses it and asks me when I'm doing it again. It's sweet of them, but I can't really grow as an artist if I keep performing the same stuff over and over again to meet the demands of a few stragglers. I've had twelve performances of this show in New York now... if you've somehow managed to miss every single one of them, I really don't know what else I can do.

Meanwhile, I'm going to work on getting myself psyched up for my first college gig at the University of Illinois in a month, and then gear up for some serious theatre-seeing and -doing in Toronto in July. After these past two weeks, I cannot WAIT for these frolics to happen.

Thanks to Dakota Kim for the fabulous photos.



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