“Damn, I want to live HERE!”

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“Damn, I want to live HERE!”

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If you are lucky and you work in great places out on the road it makes you ponder. “What if…”

As an actor and director, I always find the best stuff comes from that simplest of questions. Asking “what if…” in rehearsals leads to discoveries and explore a play from a personal point of view.

What happens when I ask that same question about real life choices?

I spent the past five months in two of the most beautiful places in the country. High up in the mountains surrounding Creede, Colorado and on the central coast of California in San Luis Obispo – a community that lays claim to being “The Happiest City in the Country.” I think it probably is. Having worked there twice for a total of almost five months, I have a good feel for the community; it just got me thinking: “What if…” Creede or SLO vs. Iowa City? Are we ready for a change in permanent address?

We are now back to home base in I.C. It still feels good here; there’s a lot to be said for the comfortable and familiar surroundings of our home, my friends and, of course, Duke the Golden Retriever. I missed all of that. But the great work that I was a part of at Creede Rep and the theatre in San Luis Obispo – it’s almost dream-like.

I guess when you have such a great time working with talented people, it’s inevitable that the thought comes up.

We’re not packing any time soon but at the very least I am reminded that great theatre is happening all over the country. I am so grateful to now have the chance to expand my artistic horizons and consider this new possibility of working in new locales

And maybe even someday…

We’ll see.