Why I Keep Plugging Along

I've been through the wringer this week.  Really. 

But, as I've said many times before, the intent of this project has become so much larger than just getting my musical commercially produced.  This project, this musical, this blog is about touching people, moving people, inspiring people and bringing back the organic, healing and communal aspect of theatre and dialogue, something that, personally, I find lacking in contemporary culture.

And, so, I go on.

Fortunately, just when I've had enough, something like the email below, finds its way into my inbox.  Sent to me through the Helen website, messages such as this help get me back on track, just when I'm ready to throw in the towel.

How I wish today I were an actor in New York (sounds crazy, no?) so I could submit my picture and resume to your casting director and hope to be fortunate enough to play Mr. Dodd in your Showcase. I had no idea of the existence of either piece (short story or musical) until Actors Access sent me notice of the call today. I find myself enthralled by both as a result of reading your site and the short story to which you provided a link. But, alas, I am a lowly regional actor (with excellent regional credits, if I may say so, including Lyric Stage, though I suspect it is a different Lyric Stage than the one in your bio) with little hope of finding myself in New York for your auditions. I wish you the best success and I hope to see an audition call for a local production some day after your immense success on Broadway! Congratulations on your imminent stardom! This should be quite the hit and perhaps the best Broadway musical in years - one that reminds the world what is important on stage (rather than flying people, cars, helicopters and chandeliers!) Best wishes from Texas!

Thank you, Doug. 

I, too, wish you were an actor in New York, because Helen would be lucky to get a performer with your generosity and passion on board.

And, I promise, Doug, to do everything in my power to make sure that someday, not too far off in the distant future, you will be reading that local audition call for Helen on 86th St.