Happy Old Year!
Forgive me for taking this traditional moment for crowing, but a little mental calculus has resulted in a bursting of the dam. 2012 was easily the best year of my professional career, in some ways better than every previous year put together. All in the same twelvemonth, I:
* wrote an article that was published in the New York Times (I’ve been IN many Times pieces, but this was the first time I’d actually penned one to go in the paper of record)
* presented the biggest, best edition yet of American Vaudeville Theatre in the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF)
* finished my second book
* also presented SRO programs in the Brooklyn Book Festival, NY Clown Theatre Festival and FABFest
* the usual quotidian miracles: the Villager column, the blog, speaking engagements, performances, and a couple of short silent comedy films.
Plans for the New Year include:
* the release of my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube (with a series of public appearances and original silent comedy films to support it)
* a Palace Theatre centennial celebration
* a new burlesque comedy revue
* workshop events around my new opera (co-written with composer David Mallamud) The Curse of the Rat Man
and lots and lots of writing and performing….
I daren’t hope for a better year for me this year….and since so many had a tragic year in 2012, what I’ll be thinking about at midnight tonight is a better year for THEM (and thanking the master of ceremonies upstairs for a great 2012).
And a great 2013 for YOU. Thanks so much for reading this blog! (And for doubling your numbers once again in 2012!)