Oh wow. I finally got my real dose of what it means to be a producer, and boy has it been somewhat of a whirlwind. Last month The Blank Theatre’s Producing Director, Matt Graber, left for a bigger and better job at The Arizona Theatre Company, Director of Marketing. While we were all very excited for him, it meant we were losing our Producing Director right as we were beginning rehearsals of our final mainstage, “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers”, and as we were beginning the selection process of our Young Playwrights Festival. The powers that be decided that rather than go through the hiring process and bring someone new on, they asked if I would be willing to take on more responsibility and become a Producer. I would have producing partners for each production which I was super excited about (and made me believe that my sanity would stay intact, lol).
Producing theatre, more specifically producing non-profit theatre, is a very hands on job. Producers are usually pretty involved in all aspects of the show. Set designer needs help building the set? I grab a power drill. A prop needs to be picked up in a large car? I take my SUV to said location. Sink at the theatre is clogged? I reach my hand into the murky water and pull out unknown gunk. (Don’t worry, no pictures of that! LOL!) Oh yes, the life of a producer is glamorous.
It’s my job to make sure all components of the show come together and that designers and actors are all happy and have what they need to get the show opened. Sometimes I have to be the bad cop, but mostly I get to be the good cop and work with everyone to put on a great show. It’s been an exciting and stressful month (wow, can’t believe it’s been a month!), but when the first audience sees this play on April 20th I know it will all have been worth it.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, or just need an excuse to come to Los Angeles, I highly recommend coming to see “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers” by Michael Lluberes and directed by the Ovation Winning Michael Matthews. (Tickets can be found here.) It’s a brilliant show and so beautiful to watch. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even cringe when you see Hook, but you will leave the theatre moved and wanting more. Great small theatre does exist, and it’s on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Wilcox Ave in Hollywood, CA.