My show Ohio Trip has been accepted to FringeNYC, the New York International Fringe Festival. This is a big deal. But now that I have the acceptance letter and one week to commit to participating...
It's a BIG DEAL. Occasionally shows go from here to little places like Broadway (not really what Ohio Trip is destined for) or other exciting and profitable ends.
I get some income from box office.
I want to see this show continue somehow. It's a really good script.
Three weeks off of work. I don't know if I can even do that!
Three weeks of feeding myself and finding a place to stay without income.
I have to pay $550 up front, on Wednesday.
I'm already out $750 from the play's first run. We're looking at a total loss of maybe $2500 when I'm done with FringeNYC. Can I take that?
Not to mention trying to rehearse and tech and market and produce a show from 1,000 miles away.
I'd take a pass, but other artists from Austin and around the world find a way to make this happen. (True, those artists have company funds to survive on, but still.) Am I already so old that I am too scared to risk it? I've taken so many risks already, and this one's an awesome one because, hello, FringeNYC. But am I being stupid to take a pass? Do I play it safe or pay up for some crazy memories and a stressful summer?
This isn't just a question of how I will spend my August. This is a question of who I am, and who I'm willing to be.
P.S.: Contest, here.