Next small step for the budget, big step for the life experiences is working on the staged reading of a new script by Anthony W Johnson (founder of Ballet Magique and LaughingManOnFire Productions, if you don’t know him yet, you should!).
The script itself is a dark, stimulating thriller exposing the complicated history of the Eloise Mental Asylum. Both a pioneer of music therapy and the ice-pick lobotomy, this palace of a mental institution targeted gender queer, homosexual, transgender, and hermaphroditic individuals to research and study. The film itself combines elements of drama, dance, music, and illusions. I’ll be honest, I haven’t had to be this much of a triple-threat in film work ever! I’m excited to be part of what seems like a new genre of film.
For those who don’t know, actresses like me participating in the workshop stages of a new script will often not get invited on to the next levels. If this goes anywhere near as big as the support it as already garnered, they will be replacing me with someone who’s much more of an established name with a fanbase. However! It’s always exciting to see the creative process from a new angle, and there’s always the chance that you will get to grow with a project beyond what either you or the project dreamed possible.
Here’s to hoping we impress the producers and investors have as much as this project has impressed me!