(Barbara - boom)
"The food is gone, the air is thin, what oh what are we gonna do?"
Three weeks in and rehearsals are happening and a cast of three weirdos is attempting to deal with the end of their worlds. This would seem daunting to any normal person but when your playing Barbara you cant help but be positive. Barbara is the eternal optimist, she is the curator of an exhibit all about the end of the world, and she LOVES it. She likes the idea that these two people are struggling against the odds to live, to survive. She, herself, is also struggling against the odds to keep the exhibit going. The management has decided to shut it down and she sees her world ending. This is a story that is so important to her that it has become her world. Still through all of her personal struggles she keeps going, she keeps positive, because she needs to share this story with the world.
I feel her infectious spirit throughout my day. Even when the rain pours, even when I want to go home but I have five more hours in my workday, even when I have to walk up four flights of stairs to get to rehearsal. I feel a little more positive about it all, because look what I’ve accomplished! Look how I’ve improved my day! How many characters that I’ve played can I say that about? Not many unfortunately.
Not to say that playing Barbara is easy. Being that positive all the time in rehearsals is exhausting. Rehearsals come with their own set of frustrations, after all, but if Barbara was in my shoes, she would love it. The drama for survival! So as tech week approaches we keep pushing, and keep playing, and hopefully don’t lose the positive spirit that Barbara instills in all of us. I, like Barbara, love this story so much and I can’t wait to share it with the world. I hope everyone finds its as fascinating as I do.