Last night I was the rotating guest star in Bike Odyssey, a play on bicycle put on by some friends as part of Pedalpalooza. Being the guest star means being handed a script for one scene a week before the show opens, I had one rehearsal before my performance and I was still learning my small monologue in the hours before the ride started. I didn't get all the lines but I hit all the intentions.
I realized that I miss performing.
I miss improv, I miss collaborating with people, and I miss the immediate gratification that you get from a live audience. I was asked if I wanted to be involved in the devising process for Bike Odyssey earlier this year and I said no, I wanted to focus on my writing. When I was in the ensemble last year I was unemployed and so it was easy to spend four-five nights a week making a play. This year, working full time, I decided that I only had time to work on one art at a time. I couldn't have done both, but I wish that I could have.
I'm not even sure what kind of preforming I would want to do.
Anyway, Bike Odyssey shows again tonight and tomorrow. It's fun and it's free. Check it out.