When you’re an Addams

Oh, spring quarter. How you’ve come in what seemed like a blink of an eye. It was only a month ago that I was walking down Trastevere in Rome, a trip of a lifetime that was part of a seminar I took during winter quarter. (Stay tuned for another post, though, because I definitely need time to unpack my trip there!)

And a few weeks after that, I had the incredible pleasure of attending the release party for a digital humanities project I’d been involved in since last summer, where I got to work with archival photographs from Ernest Nash. Check out the digital exhibit if you’re so inclined!

That’s all fine and dandy, but that’s not why I’m writing this evening, procrastinating working on my project for CS 247. No, instead, I’d like to tell you a little bit about this kooky, spooky, ooky family:

To say this production didn’t change me in some way would be a lie. The Addams Family has been over four months of dedicated work (and many more months from the production staff), involving the work of over 90 members of the theater community to bring it to life, and to have had it come and go as it did over two weekends felt like it was all too short.

The experience tested me and my abilities as a performer, and perhaps my biggest thanks to this is to the character I had the opportunity to play: Uncle Fester. Yes, the bald cap was perhaps the worst thing in the world – and yet, playing Fester was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had. He’s creepy, but also playful. Childish, but mature. Hilarious, and also sincere. And he loves the moon!

But I think it’s in Fester’s child-like innocence, of believing in the unending power of love, that gave me a lot of hope in the times I questioned my place in theater and in the arts in general. And every night I stepped on that stage, I couldn’t help but fall in love with theater over and over again.

In many ways, to perform is to love – yourself, your craft, whatever it may be – and use that love in extraordinary and powerful ways.

Let’s not talk about anything else.

Until next time,

Scan Mar 19, 2018 at 7.04 PM

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