Sunday, January 17, 2010
I'm Looking Rather Attractive... Now that I'm Radioactive!
I wasn't going to write about this until after the fact, but I couldn't really hold it in anymore. I'm very excited because the Broaway revival of HAIR is having auditions on Thursday, the 21st for non-equity performers, and I'm going.
I'm not really hoping for anything too crazy (just a callback would actually be more than I'm expecting), but I'm going because I couldn't imagine missing it. This show has inspired me in so many ways, not just as a performer, but in my personal life as well-
When I've doubted the ability of the world to change, when I couldn't handle all of the crazy people with no concept of reality, and when I thought I was the only one who felt alienated even by the people who were supposed to be like me, this show made me feel better about the world. I could finally understand that, while I do believe some hippie qualities were a little extreme and bizarre, they ultimately believed in some things that were so fundamental and important to preserving society- understanding. Love, beauty, acceptance, open-mindedness- these are all things that I have been striving for as a person and a performer. I think these days, the world could use another bout of hippie-ness, because we've become so self-obsessed, so jaded by corporate corruption that no one seems to be able to stop and think about each other and the small things in the world that are so precious.
I would love to be a part of a production like this; one where the cast believes in what they're saying and they actually become involved in the community. What other broadway shows have publicly endorsed events and groups that promoted their message? The producers and the cast of HAIR actually had the sense to cancel a show so that the cast could participate in the National Equality March in Washington D.C. It means a lot to me that (while I know there is the fact that they are still publicizing the show in a way) they are actually using their name for good. I would love to be part of something like that.
Anyway, I have no idea what will happen on Thursday. Most likely, they will say, "Thank you," and smile as I leave. But part of me can't help but feel a little excited- after all, didn't I pursue this because I can't help but dream? =)