Monday, September 15, 2008

Au Revoir and Ego Check

Sunday was the last night of the festival and today Mike and I are packing up our stuff, pausing for some brunch with our dear friends Amanda and Bill and their 3 dogs, and then hitting the road for Seattle.

We've been festivaling for 10 days: performed 2 different monologues over 6 performances; Mike's also performed short improvised bits at 3 different late-night events; we've stayed up until 4 AM every night and then gotten up early to go to morning radio interviews and technical rehearsals and workshops and panels; and we've both got slight tattoos from all the stamps our right wrist has endured. It's been good. We are tired.

One thing I will not miss is being called The Wife. Even in painfully-politically-correct Portland, you wouldn't believe how many people have addressed me as such. Mike was quite the festival darling, earning reviews with ecstatic headlines like this one. Then at the festival after-party, people would surround Mike to bask in his greatness. More than one asked him "Is it hard being so amazing?" Seriously.

Whenever he introduced me he'd take care to call me his director and say my full name. And 9 times out of 10, the response was, "Oh! You're The Wife!" One woman even told me she'd assumed I was some kind of "clingy groupie" or maybe a handler hired by the festival to make sure Mike had everything he needed at all times.

In a more substantive conversation about the monologues with another woman who was actually quite lovely, she emitted a gasp of surprise and told me it had never occurred to her that I might be as invested in the work as Mike was.


On to Seattle to work on Yoga Bitch, where no one will call me The Wife or be surprised that the director is deeply obsessed with the art.


Luke said...

That's funny I always pictured Mike as 'The Husband'! ;)

Seriously though that must be very frustrating to experience.

Hope to see you in a couple of weeks. Perhaps you can come by the lake.

Geoff said...

The fact that Mike was so seamlessly directed speaks to your talent as a Director.

I saw both Monopoly! and If You See Something, Say Something and I thought they both were extremely well directed. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you and say that to you personally...

Also I'm bummed that you're not doing Yoga Bitch here in Portland too!

Anonymous said...

You're married?

JM said...

Thanks, all.

Luke, you're back in Maine? It would be great to see you. We're doing "If You See..." at Colby on October 3.

Geoff, thanks for your kind words. I think that "Yoga Bitch" would go over fabulously in Portland. Maybe we can find someone to host.

Allen, you're a troublemaker.


SM said...

Wait-- does this mean I have to stop referring to you as my wife?

Geoff said...

You should contact

They are a new theater opening their doors here in October. Good people... Chicago improv people...

Camille said...

Jean-Michele I'm so glad you posted this blog! I totally agree. Yesterday I wrote,"it was a blast hanging out w/ you two @ the Works last night," because it was the best I could come up with, in avoidance of the w. word. :) I'm really glad to know you by name, and your work now, it was a weird vacancy in my awareness before I read your blog - Thank you!

S. P. Miskowski said...

Who's Mike?


Jean-Michele, your posts are brilliant. Your direction is inventive, witty, and very wise. I just adore you.