For the rest of November, every day, the Brelby Buzz will be bringing you the second installment of the November Blogathon. Thirty days, thirty original posts from Brelby’s Company Members and collaborative artists of Season 8. Each post will revolve around a word that artist considers to be integral to what art and Brelby means to them.
My Brelby word is simplicity. By choosing this word, I don’t mean that this theatre/community is plain or unextraordinary; quite the opposite. I’ve seen vivid visions crafted from pure imagination become all too real within the Brelby Theatre Company walls. In my short time here, I’ve learned priceless lessons about what it means to be truly creative. And it started with a simple mission: “All we ask is for you to be unapologetically yourself.”
How amazingly uncomplicated is that?
On my first day as a Brelby newbie, I can admit that I’ve probably never felt as insanely awkward as I did the minute I sat down in my labeled seat with my crisp Avengers spiral notebook. I was internally walking on eggshells. To me, nothing was more disastrous than throwing off a perfectly balanced ecosystem of artists–especially in the theatre world. My notes were meticulous (or at least more meticulous than my normal effort level would produce), and I never stopped thinking about the show. Truthfully, my desire to do well and make these people not regret signing me on stressed me out. Not in an “Oh man, what did I get myself into?” way…more like an “I inadvertently hold my breath every time someone asks me a question and I think I might be sweating under this ponytail I tied too tight” kinda way.
But then it got easier.
As rehearsals went by, the internal eggshells were no more and my updos were no longer so taught. It was as if it was just universally understood that I had a place amongst these people. Better yet, I was given the type of gift all imaginative people dream for at the end of the day: the greenlight. Every thought I gave to anyone about anything was quickly responded with some form of “Yes. And…” I was not only accepted for my ideas but also ENCOURAGED to press on and see where else it could take me.
ALL I HAD TO DO WAS BE MYSELF.
I just had to wake up in the morning, and I was enough. My ideas were enough. Brelby taught me that. Brelby continues to teach me that as premiere after premiere rolls through the chalkboard calendar on the lobby wall.
I chose simplicity as my word to describe this wonderfully original artful refuge. We all need to start somewhere, and at Brelby we understand that the best way to harvest your talent is by simply asking you to do what you already do best: be you.