Ep. 18 – Creating The Beast of Hyperborea, Part 2

I created a new one-man show recently. I essentially wrote, designed and rehearsed it in about 5 weeks. In this episode I discuss the reception after opening night. I also talk about handling creative burnout.

This is a two-parter. If you haven’t listened to episode 17, I recommend doing that first.

 

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To read a review of this performance go HERE or HERE

 

Ep. 17 – Creating The Beast of Hyperborea, Part 1

I created a new one-man show recently. I essentially wrote, designed and rehearsed it in about 5 weeks. In this episode I discuss that process leading up to the world premiere opening night. In particular, I discuss the resistance I came up against that drained my time, energy and concentration,  and how I saw this project through, despite teetering on creative burnout.

This part one of a two-part installment.

 

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Here’s a link to the book I reference in the episode: Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker

Ep. 15 – Countering Idea Debt

Idea debt is a concept coined by graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi. The concept could be described as holding onto ideas until they lose their luster and the psychic weight that comes with the burden of hanging onto them. We tell ourselves we’ll get around to this or that idea, and a backlog forms, putting us further and further into this creative sense of debt.

In this episode, I talk about this concept and some steps that can be taken to counter it.

 

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Here’s a link to Jessica Abel’s podcast Out on the Wire, where I first heard about Kazu Kibuishi’s phrase Idea Debt… HERE

 

 

Ep. 14 – Influences Both Immediate and Grand

In this special episode I welcome my colleague Jeff Hernandez as we discuss our immediate obsessions as well as people that have had a wider influence on us as artists.

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If you wanna check out the Bike Soccer Jamboree Podcast that Jeff and I recently ended, here’s the LINK.

Ep. 13 – The Structure of Comedy

A little talk about Comedy as a genre of theatre and how the structure of it has changed through the centuries.

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Here’s a link to Christopher Booker’s great book: Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

Ep. 12 – Fringe Touring and Not Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees

There’s an old adage that one should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. It basically means one shouldn’t lose sight of the bigger picture. This certainly true of fringe touring.

I have been traveling around to present my shows – ones I write and perform myself – to “fringe” theatre festivals all over North America in the last several years. I have observed within myself, and in others, how difficult it can be to keep the real reasons one is at the festival in the first place in mind, especially once one is in a new city and in the midst of a big arts festival. A fringe fest can feel overwhelming sometimes.

In this episode I talk about how difficult, but how necessary, it is to keep one’s eye on the prize. Once at a festival, after travel and preparation and all the energy to get the show up on its feet, the impetus is to relax a little. To retreat a bit away from the less fun responsibilities (or opportunities) which are often the real reasons for even coming to that festival. I cover the uncomfortable importance of marketing, of choosing to network and of maintaining a really high production quality among other tips and techniques.

 

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