Ian Pike noon, Dec. 8
Even though it’s been years since summer last meant sleeping in and doing nothing all day, I still get filled with a sense of unlimited possibility when the weather warms up and the days get longer. This year, I’m also inspired by something I read in Act One, the autobiography of Moss Hart, a Broadway playwright from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. It was something to the tune of: If you’re going to fail, fail big. My interpretation is that one should look the fear of failure right in the eye and take the risk anyway.
That said, one of the risks I’m taking this summer is a six-week advanced acting class at Moxie Theatre, taught by my director friend, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, who is also Moxie’s artistic director.
When Delicia invited me, I didn’t think it over at all before I said yes. It sounded like an adventure. I can’t remember the last time I was on stage, and as the class looms in the near distance, the thought of getting myself in the mix with serious, long-time, actual working actors threatens to paralyze me.
I’ve decided to run with the fail big philosophy. Rather than spending the six weeks trying to remain as inconspicuous as I’m tempted to, I’m going to throw myself into this thing face first. It’s one of those opportunities I don’t want to let slip by just because I’m a chicken.
This, then is a call out to any other brave souls who would like to join me in the risk of public embarrassment. The class takes place at Moxie Theatre (6663 El Cajon Boulevard) on Monday nights, beginning June 4, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The cost is $288 for the six weeks. For more information, contact Lisel@MoxieTheatre.com.
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