The Keepers by Nicholas Scarpinato
T-Minus four weeks until the company arrives and the Door Shakespeare season begins. I have been encountering this strange feeling in many areas of my life lately. The morning of the 1/2 Marathon, I felt as if I had never gone for a run before, let alone trained to run a long distance race. The day that Danny moved into the house, it felt like I had no idea if I would recognize the man stepping out of the Uhaul to make a life with me even though he has been such a strong and loving constant.
Now, as I start the final push of pre-production, I feel like the past months have just disappeared and totally unprepared. Those are the adrenaline induced feelings and thoughts I am waking up with lately. The reality is that a killer company has been assembled, tickets are selling, rack cards are out, work is starting in the garden, posters are going to print, housing is finalized, scripts are out, and we are well on our way. I guess when the nerves kick-in, you do have just rely on your training…your experience…and just go for it. Muster up that confidence and no matter what- get curious, be present, pay attention, and just get into it.
Now is the exciting part- everyone coming together to make plays, to enjoy this amazing county, and to bring all of the plans and work to life. The whole family is here this summer and a new family is assembling.
So Danny’s 30th is Tuesday, a big weekend is coming up with workshops, readings, meetings, and the Ceilidh Party. It all starts now- SHOW MODE is in effect. Here we go!
Okay… All moved in and getting settled at the home on Waters End Road. Willing spring to come and bring clarity and calm… To bring focus and light… And to get me through these last two months of prep. Climbing this incredibly exciting and creative mountain is getting tough towards the top… the home-stretch is always the hardest.
Spring brings the summer and summer brings a wonderful community of artists back to the county to work. Exhausted and excited… Off to sleep to kick this cold out, to start training again for the marathon and to get into serious Show Mode!!
Okay- inspiration is sneaking back in as the snow continues to fall. Winter has been a blur it seems. Just keeping my head above water and not taking care of myself at all.
I registered for the Door County Half Marathon and am slowly getting back into shape…trying to remember the value of spending time outside- running or biking…time that cleared my head and focused everything for the day. Trying to remember the months in NYC I spent washing yoga mats at Jivamukti Yoga School so I could take class everyday. Remembering how I felt going to yoga and running with friends in Scotland. There was a priority to take care of myself and somehow that priority has fallen way by the wayside.
Oh well- that illusive balance I have been searching for since September might become possible. After all-yesterday was packed with a great logic model seminar, running on the treadmill and watching RENT…okay fine, I was crying and running on the treadmill… that music totally gets me.
Moving into my own little house in Sister Bay in April. Putting the season brochure in the mail next week…writing 2 grants by April 1st…working at the Spa on the weekends…reading…listening to new music…counting the days until the company arrives…believing harder than ever that we will make it happen this summer…
For now- working in the office, sniffling, wearing fleece, drinking tea and eating ginger cookies out of a tin that was on sale for $3 at World Market…Okay…Balance Balance Balance.
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Hi there! That is amazing news! She is in LA in North Hollywood and I can give her your information to get in touch with you! If it is easiest for you to drop it off that might be best. Thank you again for the message and please let me know the best way for her to contact you.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris
photo via carnegie
Okay- the reading list is growing, the to-do list is growing…getting some great practice at being adaptable. I remember sitting down with Jim Maronek for a coffee and chat about Door Shakespeare back in October. This man is a treasure trove of ideas, questions, guidance, and authenticity. As we were brainstorming and throwing out ideas and words that we thought fit best for upcoming seasons and this new feel we are all building for Door Shakespeare- the following came up:
Nimble, Lean, Amazing, Fresh…
Other favorites on the list are wood chips, stardust, elemental, humble, bold…I love the list we are building. But mostly, these first four words are sticking as words to live and work by. It is actually critical that we be adaptable, nimble, light, and fresh…in the way we work, in the stories we tell, and in the “product” we create…
Working on this in my life too- lightness, adaptability, and a set of fresh, open eyes on each situation. Almost February…
Gamla Stan, Stockholm (by Giuseppe Bognanni)
I had a dream last night that I was walking into the lobby of the main building of my grad school… I saw all of the girls… We cried and hugged… Andrew was there and gave an awkward smile. I have to go back for a bit… A reboot session…longing for the UK.
A wonderful and inspiring night of cooking and chatting-filling up for 2013.