Friends doing Big Things
What an amazing week last week was! FRANKIE OATWAY opened FU*KING RACISTS at the Old Lion on the east end of London. The title alone has stirred emotions to the point where there are threats to the company, theatres and performers. Ahhhhh, the results of stepping outside the box. Controversial by title, the show depicts our bigotry and our very thoughts that are often unchallenged. I don’t know about you, but I embrace topics that challenge. Especially in the theatre. Oh, sure, we all love a good dose of musicals and feel-good, happy-ending comedies; but to sit in the audience and be drawn to the luminescent glow of challenging dialogue and performances that make us question our very thoughts . . . well, THAT, my friends, is where the last place in society exists to show, to feel, to express and to portray all that is normally denied. A stage. A theatrical venue, from which open-minded thought, radically open-ended challenges, awaken senses that have been suppressed, denied, ignored and even shut down. I love it.
Frankie, I can’t wait to hear from you about how opening weekend went. Readers, I will post as soon as I hear.
SARAH SWEET opened for Dr. Wayne Dyer in Pasadena this past weekend. Sarah was a student of The Rohrering Success Workshops for close to 10 years and has since graduated out into the mainstream of Los Angeles and New York, working with many luminaries and talents for both live and camera-related projects.
I am delighted to know and to be personal friends of both Frankie and Sarah. They both take their careers seriously and study regularly, making sure they are prepared for the next task of auditioning, reading, writing, performing and using their gifted skills to the best of their ability. I hope that whatever profession you declare, that it is a passion for you. Our passions go beyond the classroom or the stage. (Whatever your stage may be. If it is a desk in an office, a seat on a plane or the computer that you are sitting in front of now.) Passion is the driving force of willpower, it is the fuel of the mind to create, to dream, to go beyond the shackles of measured time and measured income.
Frankie and Sarah stretch the wings of their minds every day and jump off of their perches into the unknown void . . . to FLY! I enjoy the breeze that supports their flight and anxiously await their detailed reports.
As for me, this week I am designing three separate commercial spots that will employ more than half a dozen students and close friends. Like all commercials, I hope they stimulate, inspire and motivate the viewer to take action. To remember the product/service. To tell their friends and when all good things happen, rewards naturally happen as well.