Working On What You Love + With Collaborators You Love + For An Audience You Love
There is a magic that comes from seeing a friend or a family member onstage telling a great story well to a supportive crowd. I believe The Night Shift is the vehicle I’ve been waiting my whole life to hitch a ride from.
For the past year, I’ve worked at Backstage Magazine as the Manager of Customer Service. There are tens of thousands of people who want to be in plays, television, webisodes, radio, commercials and let’s not even go into just how many people want to get into modeling…
I’ve fielded calls from:
• a retiree who wanted to sell his land and move to the Big Apple to pursue a career in film and television.
• a mother of two who said that she would leave them in upstate New York with “somebody who could take care of them” so she could move to NYC to audition and pursue her “destiny.”
I’ve received scores of emails and calls just like this from others who are just as eager to divest themselves of their responsibilities because they are hellbent on fame and “making it” in the city that I’ve always known as home.
“What’s it like,” I get asked, “growing up in Manhattan?”
I’m a first generation American. My parents moved here from Israel (with every intention of moving right back) with my three older siblings thirty-four years ago when New York was a whole lot less genteel: I was friends with the toothless guy who played his ukelele on 66th and Broadway next to the courtyard of the hi-rise where my brother and I set ants on fire. New York City had grit, suspicious characters who turned into friends and cracks in the pavement where bugs, dimes, and stalks of grass nested; there are cracks in what you expect from this concrete juggernaut where life seeps in, smiles from strangers stop you in your tracks, encounters with old friends and other surprises pour in.
I asked Emilio Delgado about Los Angeles; He said he went there for work once for twenty-eight years.
There are a lot of opportunities out there to break into the entertainment industry but virtually none of them entail working with the kind of folk who I’ve started The Night Shift with:
We’re dedicated to cultivating an audience that’s as tightly knit as we are to each other. We believe the best theatre arises out of seeing people you know and care about doing incredible things. That means producing plays that are emotionally accessible with characters you can relate to and actors who you want to get behind. It also means regularly connecting with new folk, old friends and family through this blog on a frequent basis. I look forward to our being in touch!
Leave a comment about theatre you’ve loved, where you grew up or ask me a question!