Oct 5, 2010

The Moment I Knew

I'm featured on Andrea Ciannavei's blog The Moment I Knew. I'm on the September 25th post.

Here's what I wrote:

Oh man, the exact moment I knew the Theatre was for me is difficult to nail down. Just thinking of it brings up all these little incidents that sort of Gestalt together to form a Why-Brad-Ended-Up-In-Theatre.

I joined my first theatre class in high school because I had a crush on a girl in the class. To this day, that still seems like a perfectly valid reason.

I remember discovering the play Cyrano de Bergerac at the public library at the age of fifteen and reading the whole thing through, twice, in one sitting. I was as equally impressed that someone had thought this wonderful story up and written it down as I was with the play itself.

I was cast in South Pacific in high school and during a performance the light board crashed. Everything went pitch black. As the lights came back up I ad-libbed “Harbinger, quit leaning on the light switch…” and got a thunderous applause. I remember being super-aware of the audience for the first time and liking that awareness.

In college I wrote and directed my first original play. It was so fun and so stressful and I totally wanted to try it again after it was done.

I came to NYC after college to see one of my plays read in Tribeca and was only going to stay for two weeks. That turned into about a year of temping, auditioning, acting, creating work and living out of two bags moving from sublet to sublet. It was that summer of 1999 that I really fell in love with the Theatre. It was like we had been dating off-and-on for years and that blistering hot blackout summer in New York is when we committed to each other.

I’ve been making theatre as a performer, playwright and director pretty steadily ever since.

Ciannavei's blog is dedicated to asking theater artists of all disciplines to describe "the moment you knew you wanted to work in theater." It is very inclusive, but it's still nice to be on the site along with ass-kicking artists like Bekah Brunstetter, Ken Urban, Young Jean Lee, Lucy Thurber, Brooke Berman and Adam Szymkowicz.

UPDATE: Sadly, this site is no longer live on the internet. It can be viewed via the Wayback Machine HERE.

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