Artist’s Report – Leprechauns & Lies, premiere run

leprechauns & liesthis initial premiere run of the show – including the six performances in the regular Hollywood Fringe Festival as well as the two in the Best of Fringe – was a success in some ways, but it lives in a kind of limbo for superfreako productions. though it could definitely benefit from further development, it was nonetheless able to garner some very generous reviews. however it’s so outside the current superfreako business model – in truth any piece of theatre would be – that even though interest for the show lives on, i can no longer justify continuing to spend time and energy on it – at least for the time being. it was a labor of love. it was even the fulfillment of a twenty-year dream, but it’s not what this company needs right now to make us viable. i would absolutely love for superfreako productions to eventually produce successful theatrical pieces, but we first need to be profitable in our distinct field and later, when it’s time to start diversifying, perhaps we’ll look back into theatre.

so basically “Leprechauns & Lies” is no longer an active superfreako production, but it’s still important to reflect on what was learned during it’s “world premiere”. as i’ve mentioned before, it’s basically my attempt at conveying the basic concepts of existentialism in as entertaining a way as possible. it’s my ‘No Exit’, my ‘Metamorphosis’, but was it successful? at fulfilling it’s intended purpose, i can’t say it was. as i spoke with audience members afterwards, it seemed as though i was only able to really break through to a handful, but since a decent percentage of the rest seemed to have at least enjoyed themselves anyway, i can’t say it was a failure either.

Leprechauns & Lies - at the Hollywood Fringe Festivalthe truth is that since the audience is such a vital part of “Leprechauns & Lies”, in a very real sense i’ve actually only had about a dozen rehearsals so far. in a perfect world, i’d chase down a grant or two – just enough funds to bring myself, my director and a technician to a small blackbox in an actual theatre town for a full three to four week run. we’d have seven performances each week and notes after every performance, but rehearsing this show without an audience is a little ridiculous and having shows separated by several days – even a week or two, as nearly ALL of the Fringe shows were – is also quite counter-productive.

the real key to the success of “Leprechauns & Lies” lies i believe in whether or not i’m able to pull off the last third of the show. it requires a very tricky balance – one which i unfortunately cannot get into without completely spoiling it for those who haven’t seen the show – but one that i would very much like to achieve one day.

alas, we’ve got bigger fish to fry right now. just for shits and gigs i’ll probably apply to the New York Fringe Festival next year, but if we’re heavy into post-production on the superfreakos’ first feature film next August as i sincerely hope we will be, i might not be able to go even if invited.

but perhaps some day.

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