My Brelby Moment: Brian Maticic 1

It’s that time of year again!! That time when we give the blog over to our immensely talented artists and let them share their thoughts about art, life and more. The November Blogathon has become a Brelby tradition here at the Brelby Buzz, and this year we’re wrapping up Season Nine with our favorite Brelby Moments. For the next 30 days, our artists will discuss their favorite Brelby Moments from Season Nine and how that has impacted them and the way they approach their art.

Executive Director, Brian Maticic, discusses his moments…and how his perspective has changed with the arrival of his daughter. 

My Brelby Moment

By Brian Maticic

Season 9 is drawing to a close, and it has been an absolute whirlwind. We open an original holiday show tomorrow which caps off a grand total of 16 productions in a single year. Woof. I’m going to need a month to recover. With so much happening this year, it is difficult to pin down just one defining moment. Both Putnam and Starcatcher were amazing uplifting experiences with supportive wonderful ensembles. The Pledge pushed me as a director and touched audiences in an engaging and special way. The set for Elf Academy might be one of the most adorable things I’ve ever built. Rising above all of this though, was Depend on Me.

I worked on the script for over a year taking it through a workshop and staged reading with another company, and ended up directing, and scenic designing. The cast was so hard working, and so dedicated and talented it was a dream to work on, and audiences laughed raucously, cried vulnerably, and audibly gasped a few times. It was amazing in so many ways, but what really made it a defining moment for me was the timing. I became a father to the most amazing little girl right before diving into tech week for this show. Being a parent changes you. You hear that all the time, and to be honest I was terrified. My art, Brelby, has always been so important to me, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do it all. But the artists were so supportive, and I was able to follow through on all of my commitments to the show, and spend huge swaths of time bonding with Aurora. This theatre is a family, and with the support of this family we created something special just as my own family grew in the most wonderful way. In the end, I’ve changed.

Being a parent is the most important thing I will ever do, but what I realized during Depend on Me, is that this new love and passion isn’t going to take away from my art. It will lead me to a deeper empathy and understanding of people, and characters. It will drive me to work harder to use my art to make a better world, to open people’s minds and hearts so that as Rory grows, she has an example that she can make a difference is she is kind, works hard, and truly dedicates herself to building up those around her and pursuing her dreams. I can’t wait to see what next season holds for the entire Brelby family, and most especially one very special little girl.

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