So here I am again. Opening weekend and this feeling just never gets old, does it?
Hanging around the theater lobby and listening in to the conversations of our audience before the show, at intermission, and after the show; trying to get tidbits of information to find out what they think, if they are talking about the play and if they liked it or not. Trying to catch keywords and phrases that tell me how to further improve the material. We go on break next weekend before we return on the 14th of October, which gives us two weeks to make further adjustments. This is performance art. We have a chance to constantly improve and to make it better (within reason and within the allotted time frame). This isn’t like publishing a story or producing a film. You can’t just take those things out and then do the revisions. We can still make this better and I stand outside making sure No Filter 2.0 is everything that it can be so our audience can experience something truly transformative and enjoyable.
No matter how hard are amazing cast worked on their monologues, no matter how much our director culled his brain for every creative idea to make the text fly from the stage into the mind’s and hearts of the audience, no matter how much our crew made sure that every cue was hit right on the mark and every little thing that everybody does to make a show, this feeling of always being on the edge and hoping that every night is a great night and that nothing goes wrong always remains. It’s the magic of the theatre. It’s always a new show, a new experience, a different performance.
It never gets old. This whole ordeal of making something creative. You never know how you will you connect, even if you connect, regardless of how you worked on something. You just do your best and give it your all and lay everything out there and just hope beyond hope that the circumstances are just right that the magic happens.
Sometimes, the magic happens. Sometimes, it doesn’t.
And you have to live with that. This show means everything to me and I’ve given up so much for this show. No Filter, whether it’s the first run or this 2.0 version, has my blood, sweat, and tears in it, as it does everybody else’s. It also has a laughter and our joy and our personal, individual growth as people and artists.
Every show, I make a silent prayer (even if I’m not a religious man) to thank whatever being is up there that created this whole thing we call the universe or life of having put us together and giving us this opportunity to do that which we love and the opportunity to share it with everybody who comes to the show.
The Sandbox Collective’s No Filter 2.0 takes a break next weekend and continues on October 15 until the 25th at the Power Mac Centre Spotlight at Circuit Makati. Reserve or purchase your tickets now. We’d love to share this experience with you.