An actor’s life for me
A high silk hat and a silver cane
A watch of gold with a diamond chain

I don’t have a silk hat or any of that other fancy stuff, but I am living the actor’s life for the moment.

I’m playing Jack (the father) in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. It’s a play that’s done quite a bit at the high school level, so I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts and experiences rehearsing and performing the play.

It’s been a long time since I was last on stage. Too long. This was made painfully clear when I was filling out my tax return last week. Income from acting: goose egg.

But here I am, thousands of miles from home, ready to get started.

Confession time. I always (always!) walk into the first day of rehearsal 100% certain that this is the time I’ll be discoverved. That someone will finally out me as the terrible actor I am and fire me halfway through the readthrough. I have issues. Sue me.

I didn’t get fired during the readthrough and we started blocking the show so I think my job is safe for now.

On Friday I’ll talk about our director’s approach to the play and share an awesome way to begin the rehearsal process.

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Craig Mason