The Little Carver Civic Center now bears no trace of the Brocks, Gormans, Ganzes, Cusacks, or Coopers. There’s nothing left for Officers Welch and Pudney to investigate. We struck the Rumors set today, and all the props and set pieces that helped bring the play to life have been taken down and returned to their respective places of origin.
Needless to say, it was a rather bittersweet two days. From the cast’s final bow yesterday afternoon, to our post-show celebration at Pappadeaux last night, to the drive home after returning the last of the props in my care, it’s been a time heavy with goodbye. And I kinda hate goodbyes, especially after the experience I’ve had these last two months.
I’ve learned a lot more about theatre, and about myself, than I quite expected. And now, as I write this, I really have no idea what to do with that. Granted, I’m likely still too close to the emotion of the moment. Nonetheless, after investing so much time and energy and me in Rumors, I’ll now have to figure out how and where to apply those lessons.
Today I was asked if I’ll be pursuing more acting roles. I don’t see that happening anytime soon – it could be fun, I’ll admit, but I think for now my best course is to focus on my writing. To that end I’ve submitted myself for consideration as a playwright for this year’s TheatreASAP (a 24-hour playfest hosted by the San Antonio Theatre Coalition). Given the nature of TheatreASAP (which is something akin to the various 48-hour films I’ve worked on in the past), it’s quite a bit I’m asking of myself. If I’m accepted, can I pull it off?
Only one way to find out…
Before that happens, though, I want to spend the remainder of my last Rumors blog on thanking everyone who made it possible for me to think writing for TheaterASAP was worth a try. Which is to say, I’d like to thank everyone who helped make Rumors possible.
Thanks to the media who helped us spread the word about the play: La Prensa‘s Angela Covo, the Express-News‘s Deborah Martin, FOX San Antonio‘s Sylvia Rincon, KONO‘s Steven O. Sellers, and everyone at ESPN 1250, KENS 5’s Great Day SA, KSTX, KSYM, and KRTU.
Thanks to everyone who helped us obtain the materials and services we needed (be they props, costumes, set pieces, or sound effects): Eddie Aguillon of Home Depot, Tony Ciaravino of Keystone School and the Classic Theatre of San Antonio, Club Humidor, Eloisa Hair Designs, David Friedman, Belinda Hercule, Diane Malone, Joe Rios, Michael Simpson of S.T.A.G.E. in Bulverde, Nova Stephenson and her family, Carla Veliz, and The Old Time Wooden Nickel Factory & Museum.
Thanks to everyone who gave of their time and resources to make the sets happen, including Seth Burns, Jack Clarke, Mauricio de la Garza, Mariela Flor Olivo, Michael Patrick, Madeline Petri, and Steve Wire.
Thanks to everyone who worked the booth with me through all those performances, including Rick Clyde, John Martin Fitzhugh, and Stephen Villela and Homer from the Carver; thanks also to Jesse Arenas for designing our lights.
Thanks to Ron Abrams for his great pictures.
Thanks to everyone at the Carver for hosting and supporting us.
Thanks to Paul Riddle, Jr., Darrell Pittman and everyone at The Renaissance Guild for their continued support.
Thanks to all the volunteers who took tickets and handed out those wooden nickels, including Scharlette Donald and Carmen Baez-Zurita.
Thanks to our amazing guest Pudneys: Chris Duel, Jade Esteban Estrada, Roman Garcia, Cassandra Lazenby, and Rita Verreos.
Thanks to everyone who supported us by attending one of our nine performances, and by spreading the word on- and offline.
Thanks to anyone and everyone I haven’t named in this post.
And finally, thanks to the best cast and director I could ever have hoped to work with: Dru Barcus, Alexander Berkowitz, Barry Goettl, Chadd Green, Peter Guzman, Danielle King, Charles Riley, Denise Swain, Stephen Weser, Nikki Young, and Louisette Zurita. I can’t imagine ever matching what you all brought to this play, but I hope I helped.
And with that, I’ll finally close the book on Rumors. It may take a little time before I can figure out What Comes Next, but I hope you’ll all continue to follow along. (And to the cast, I meant what I said about wanting you all to audition for TheatreASAP. I’d rather not face that one alone.)
One more time, thank you all…