My phone rang the evening of July 2, unexpectedly introducing me to a special experience in Austin theater. The caller was Lindsay Palinsky, secretary for The Baron’s Men, director of this summer’s production of Lysistrata, and close friend or, as she may prefer, #sxsfriend. Lindsay had a problem. Only eight days before opening night, she needed to find a replacement for an actor who had fallen ill. A little panicked and instantly direct, she asked whether I would be willing to step in.
I answered yes, of course, but with real hesitation. What would it be like as a new cast member so late in the game? How would the group respond? Going in, I felt that I would need all of the support I could get to contribute to the production in a positive way. I absolutely received that support, paired with a quick and authentic camaraderie with my cast mates.
The Baron’s Men encouraged me to relax and entertain ideas and experiment on stage. They encouraged the playfulness and vulnerability that makes acting a rewarding thing to try. This environment explains why I jumped at the opportunity to work with them again in the upcoming A Tale of Robyn Hoode. It also accounts for my complete endorsement of this organization for those interested in learning new things (archery!) and connecting with others while working toward a common goal. The experience continues to be satisfying, and I hope that those interested in getting involved follow that instinct. In the spirit of Robyn Hoode and lame puns, the more the merrier!
If you are interested in jumping in, email Producer@thebaronsmen.org.