Tomorrow we begin tech on Watership Down. Tonight is our last free night for a while. It couldn’t come at a better time. The right side of my body is covered in bruises and scrapes. I am sore everywhere, and I have some sort of unpleasant chest cold happening on top of it. Seriously, it feels like somebody dragged a rake through my lungs. To be honest, I’m not sure how much of the soreness is show-related, and how much is a result of this cold. But I can tell you for certain that my ass has never been so thoroughly kicked. I want nothing more than to go home, climb into bed, and stay there for the next thirty-six hours or so.
This experience has served to highlight a cold hard truth, one that I have struggled to ignore for the past few years: I am getting older. I am no longer able to fling myself about the stage with reckless abandon – or any kind of abandon, really. Last night was our most successful run of the show yet, and I am happy to report that my energy level stayed up enough to get me through it, but the moment we were done I could barely walk. I am genuinely afraid of Saturdays, when we have to perform this beast twice. I’ll make it through. I don’t really have a choice. But it won’t be pretty.
Now that I’m done whining, I can report that I think this show will be something special. It is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It is intensely physical (obviously), but it’s also a great story with characters unlike anything most actors ever get to play. I mean come on. They’re rabbits. But this ain’t no kids’ show. These are some bad-ass, hardcore, tough-as-nails wild animals in a battle for survival. You haven’t seen anything quite like it. I promise.