I am almost embarrassed to post this, though a friend said "Uncle P, if you don't promote yourself, who will?" So, here's an almost embarrassing shameless self-promotion post.
After more than 30 years in theatre, I have been nominated for a local theatre award as "Best Director of a Play" for last December's JTMF production of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The production itself has also been nominated for "Best Production of a Play." I honestly don't expect to win.
My producer and I are also acting as presenters at the ceremony next Saturday. We're presenting "Best Supporting Actress in a Play." I have no idea what I'm going to wear. I haven't owned a suit in at least 20 years (and I'm not about to lay out the money for one, just for this). I may find myself at the mall on Saturday afternoon, desperately looking for something that will either cause a stir or keep me from looking like a total ass. I haven't decided. Of course, I already have plenty of basic black.
Voting has closed. I deliberately waited to post this until had, so don't think you're going to go and stack the deck in my favor. Nominations are limited to shows produced at the Kelsey Theatre, a venue used by a dozen or so local companies, most of which have many more fans than the JTMF, so neither Tracy nor myself have high expectations. We'll go, have some fun and celebrate the achievements of other folks we know and (sometimes) love. I know Tracy already expects me to do most of the talking when we present (she hates to even be interviewed, so I can't imagine she'll be up for talking in front a crowd) and that's fine with me. I tend to be at my best extempore. I'll probably make her read the nominees, though.
In case you missed it in December, here's a snippet of the nominated show:
It worked a lot better, live. And we had our best audiences, ever. We're doing a similar thing this December with A Christmas Carol, a show in which I'll be performing, as well as directing. The last time I tried that was a 1998 production of Romeo and Juliet, in which I played Friar Laurence. Afterward, I swore I'd never act in a show I directed again. Never say 'never,' as they say.