Excellent news! Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick) has been accepted into the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. Just received news over the weekend, and have been waiting for the right time to tell everyone.
Finding out whether or not we would be reviving the show this summer, or if we would simply be junking the set and packing away the costumes is something that has been occupying my mind for most of the spring. Like, a lot of my mind. However, getting in was easy, getting there will be challenging. We will need funding. Funding from you. But asking for it comes later, first a lot of planning and plotting and organizing, and also, too: being excited.
This will be my fourth foray into the NY Fringe. The first was easy, if the timing was odd, we brought my wife's play Angst:84 to Lower Manhattan in August 2001. I was running sound -- on a minidisc player. Weren't those the days.
In 2004 our space was a basement apartment in the West Village (40 seats.)
Oh my God! That's Caroline V. McGraw!!!
Twice since I have produced solo productions there, I Hate This in 2004 and And Then You Die in 2009. Each time, though I was delighted with the experience, I was less-than-satisfied with attendance, attracting maybe a dozen people for each show. It wasn't for lack of good word-of-mouth, or stellar reviews, maybe it was just the entirely-too-personal-stillbirth stuff.
Good thing there's none of that in this show.
I am exhilarated to bring a play, with music and brightly-colored costumes, and a set and a company of awesome fellow actors for a change. I think that will make a big difference. Last time my wife was unable to even make the trip, in spite of my incredible support team, it felt like quite a 'solo' show.
In 2009 we were in a professional dance theater, across from the Public.
Most of all, I am so delighted that Double Heart has a life which continues. Some great shows I am more than happy to pack up and say farewell to, because they said what they needed to say, people saw it, everyone was happy, it's time for the next thing. But we have a good thing going with this show, and it deserves a longer life, and a wider audience. A New York audience! And it will have one.
O hey, I bought a domain name: doubleheart.info. Cost = $3.00. Awesome.
In 2013, I will bring a costume.