The Gallery Players - A Raisin in the Sun

Post date: May 16, 2012 4:10:35 PM

When I moved to New York, one of the first theaters I got involved with was The Gallery Players in Brooklyn. Even though the commute from Park Slope to Scarsdale took me about 2 hours, I was impressed with the quality of the shows and the warm reception I received.

I expressed an interest to be more involved with group, which led to a role as assistant stage manager for Lorraine Hansberry's classic, A Raisin in the Sun. I'd had a little backstage experience, but this was my first real venture into the world of stage management, and I couldn't say no. I took on this job just a week after I moved into my apartment in Chelsea. I would head straight to the theater after work and come home around midnight every night. It was stressful, but I was really grateful for the opportunity, and I loved spending time with my cast. I spent most of my time ironing and steaming in the costume shop (which served as the men's dressing room), while bonding with the boys. There was an awful lot of fierceness and sass in that place, let me tell you, and it was being around the cast that really made this such a fun experience.

I'm really happy that I found this group, and I recently volunteered to help out with the Black Box New Play Festival auditions. It's really interesting to see all the people who come in to audition (as well as sometimes hear their monologues through the door). I also auditioned, and got several callbacks! I wasn't cast, but just landing some callbacks in New York City is fine by me.

Anyway, here's hoping that I get to work with The Gallery Players on stage soon, but until then, I'm happy just to be a part of the family, and can't wait for other opportunities that come my way.