I love that little stage, pictured above. It's one of my favorite places to stand in this city.
That scheduling break I had been angling for back in the fall didn't actually come to fruition until my last Improv class ended in late February. My March calendar was - unfortunately - filled with worry, which I found out can consume your free time as easily as Improv can. It wasn't until the past few weeks that I was actually able to take some deep breaths and explore this new-found phenomenon: free time.
What did I discover?
I discovered I miss Improv.
Ha. Well, good to know. While I'm not about to overload my schedule once again with classes and performance groups, it's helpful to realize that I really like this time-suck of an activity. It energizes me, challenges me, makes me laugh. And it's worth seeing if I can't find that elusive balance - one where Improv is a regular part of my schedule, without dominating my schedule.
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As I was considering all these things, I got an email from the creative director of my theater. She wanted to know if I could be a guest performer in a main-stage show this week, playing with a team who's performed together for 5+ years, a team comprised of people who have all been my coaches / teachers at some point. It was an out-of-the-blue honor to be asked, totally trippy, a little mind-bottling.
I was super nervous, but I said "Yes!"
Because that's the first rule of Improv.