Monday, January 23, 2006

The Morning After

Last night was our last show of Torrid Affaire. We may extend the run if the theatre owner wants to cut us the right break. We'll see. On one hand, I'd love to have more people come to see it. On the other hand, last night we only had six seats empty. It's nice to end on a win. My friend Pete Nicholls (www.ThePete.com) recommended we video it in someone's living room and submit it to Sundance. Good idea. That appeals to me more right now than remounting the show, even though we already have everything mocked up for the stage version. Last night I was leaning more towards remounting the stage play. Andrew's the one who has to make the final decision after we talk to the theatre owner.

Now let's get down to the nitty gritty. The theatre rental for two nights and free rehearsal space was $600. Our postcards cost $79, postage was $81. I can't roll off what we spent on props right off the top of my head, but it was probably around $100. Dinner, flowers and cigars for closing night cost about $90. Our total box office take was $696 for two nights -- half a house the first night and an almost-full house the second. Sure, we got some donations to pay for the first night of the theatre, but we didn't turn a profit. At least we didn't get too far in debt on this project.

Last night was a huge win. Andrew and I brought in most of the crowd for this show. Everyone in the cast had someone there last night. People laughed where they were supposed to, which was nice. We got lots of admiration, everyone did a great job, and I think it will open up new opportunities where we didn't have them before. Even though we didn't make rent money, the show was totally worth it.

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