On March 23, I ignored all rational thought and natural preservation instincts and went zip-lining.
Here I am. Being a dumbass:
By dumbass I, of course, mean facing my natural fears and JUMPING from heights of about 30 stories and FALLING along a cable at the rate of 55 miles per hour.
I mean, considering everything, this was relatively safe. I was strapped in twice over and I was wearing a rather stylish helmet. So big fucking deal, right?
Partly, I was able to do this because in the weeks leading up to the daytrip, I had thought about what ziplining would be like exactly ZERO times. I just showed up and started jumping out of trees.
And each time, before I jumped out of another 300 foot tree, I’d stand at the edge of the zipline platform and two things would happen. I would get this feeling in my gut, in my toes, in my lungs, in every damn muscle in my body that I wanted to jump. It was hard to resist, actually. And then my brain would interrupt this little reverie with something like, “Hey – I don’t think this is the best idea. How about we – AHHHHHH!”
I’ve always noticed this feeling – this urge to jump – when looking at great heights. I’ve never been in the position to actually jump from them…and, well, live.
What was good about this trip was that it happened in the middle of a particularly grueling month.
March was a bitch. I was in the middle of rehearsing for LOW TECH, the world premiere play I was directing, which was a rather difficult birthing process, no matter how proud I am of what we were able to accomplish. March was also the month I received all those rejection letters from grad schools and other programs which I had TOLD myself I wasn’t going to care about because, you know, who cares if amazing programs don’t think you’re good enough to attend them because you know, you have bigger things to accomplish because, you know…who cares?
Mostly, I was just trying to keep my ever slipping confidence up in order to lead my cast effectively AND finish drafts of a few plays with looming deadlines.
I guess I needed to jump out of some goddamn trees to put things in perspective.
Sometimes you just gotta let yourself fall.
On another note, LOW TECH is still going strong! It has two more weeks to go, so come out and see it if you haven’t already (info below). And, I’m having a little informal reading of a first draft of a play called…you guessed it…The Sudden Urge to Jump. It’s part of the PlayLab at Skylight Theatre and this is just a first-draft casual thing to get some feedback and, you know, let the producers see what’s what.
FYI: The play is NOT about ziplining.
Here is the info for both events:
The Sudden Urge to Jump
WHEN: Wednesday May 15 at 8pm
WHERE: Skylight Theatre, 18161/2 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
THE PLAYERS: Steve Madar, Jordan Boughrum, Christina Aimerito and Jason Britt
WHAT IS IT?: a full length play called “The Sudden Urge to Jump”. At the beginning of the year I set out to write a love story – which I’ve mostly accomplished, sorta. A woman returns to her family’s failing video store in the wake of her estranged sister’s suicide. And there’s a guy who makes pizzas in the restaurant next door…and video diaries her sister made…and her brother is giving movies away for free…and I’m no good at writing log lines.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm through May 19
WHERE: Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village 91607
COST: $18 (look for some discounts on Goldstar)
WHAT IS IT?: A world premiere comedy by Jeff Folschinksy! After collapsing from exhaustion on High Tech International’s showcase stage, Allegra Marcos figures it’s time to simplify her life. But her boss, her friends, and her cell phone have a different plan. How will it all end? Only time,and this next light cue, might tell.
HAVE PEOPLE SAID NICE THINGS?: Why, yes they have! I mean, many people have said mean, nasty things too, but I want to share some nice things with you!
“The company performs at a highly professional level, and the attention to detail that each department gives the work creates a sense of unity and clarity of vision that is rare in independent theater. Smartly written, Low Tech sometimes feels like a comedic Twilight Zone episode…A cute, fun play with purpose and substance to boot – what more could an audience member ask for?…A combination of a buddy movie with an imaginary friend and a boy-and-his-hidden-dog adventure, Smith and Edwards bring heart to the harsh world of the future. All of these performances are delivered in the very capable hands of director Chelsea Sutton, who not only elicits a consistent style and aesthetic throughout the piece, but creates beautiful pictures on the stage, making almost every scene seem like a photo op.” –LifeInLA.com
“There are nine actors, some taking double and triple roles, and maneuvering all these characters on the postage stamp stage has to be more challenging than directing air traffic at LAX on a foggy night. Which brings us to the part where we name names. Director Chelsea Sutton moves the actors, the props and the dialog with seamless synchronism and knows how to bring out the inner insanity in every character. Amanda Smith is excellent as Allegra Marcos, while the biggest laughs often go to Fuz Edwards, the offended Operating System dressed in a body hugging silver costume and three inch heeled boots.” – ReviewPlays.com
“Cleverly written by Jeff Folschinsky, this original piece takes a fresh look at what most people don’t realize is their own addiction in this world of cell phones…Fun and Funny!” – NoHoArtsDistrict.com