A night at The Apartment Theater
Earlier this month we put on six performances of my latest play "I Want to Believe (in Love)" and Amy Herzog's short play "508" in the most interesting of venues: my apartment.
My play was about The X-Files. And love. And a bunch of other things. I didn't do a proper recap after we wrapped on a Saturday night, which was our sixth show in two weeks. I didn't post because, well, to be honest, I was tired. Like bone-deep, these-wells-are-dry tired. Creating is hard, OK? It's really hard to work on something when you don't know what it is. It's hard to excavate everything that needs to be dug up in order to make your work resemble anything remotely truthful. It's hard to hold something up to the world—or to a bunch of people in your own apartment—and say, look at this, please, look at this, and try not to shatter if they don't see it the way you do. But as frustrating and time-consuming and exhausting as it is to create something new, it's so much easier than doing nothing at all. Standing still zaps your energy and yet reaps nothing. Literally. Nothing. Let me say it again: N-O-T-H-I-N-G. But letting something loose in the world brings back the most beautiful unknowns: collaboration, reaction, evolution. I'm game for that. Forever.
The biggest thanks in the world goes to my bro and fearless collaborator Eric Cotti who dreamed up this one-act play project, and Chelsea J. Smith who transcended what was on the page in ways I still can't comprehend. And most of all, thank you to the many, many people who showed up to sit in a dark room for an hour and watch something new together, especially Adam, Erik, Nina, Jane, Elena, Kelley, Andrew, Rango, Surafel, Brett, Ben, Tim, Mitch, Adrienne, Danielle, Daniel, Randa, Liz, Gina, Jo, Jack, Theresa, Lauren, Carl, Bailey, Joyce, Hannah, Jordan, Laura, Stacey, Roja, Zainab, Fam, Chris, Randa, Alison, Alexa, Nathan, Charles, Begley, Neddie, Kat, Emily, Blakeney, Jonathan, Charlotte, Mindy, Jenn, Brandon, Steph, Abby, Brea, John, Jen, Donna, Rose, Patrick, Dave, and Charvi. I'll never believe my luck that I get to be friends with all of you. Thanks for making this my 2016 highlight. See you at the next one. But in the meantime, let's all go create something, K?