The Importance of Being Lane
The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.
Friends and acquaintances still tell me I stole the show to this day. The show was good too, so that’s saying something. When I played Lane in Bradford’s 1997 production of The Importance of Being Earnest, I had the best time of my on-stage career. I had the smallest role in the show but some of the best damn lines. I owned the part and I’m not ashamed to say it. As Bradford College actors went, I don’t think there was anyone that could have done Lane better than me.
A few things should be noted about the show. In no particular order, these things are:
- Scott told me early on I either had to keep growing my hair out or shave my head. I couldn’t get a haircut.
- I was intimidated to be on stage with some of the best actors in the community but they all made me feel like I was their equal
- I had my first sip of alcohol upstairs in the makeup room before the show. Scott gave us all champagne. I appreciated the sentiment, but I hated the drink.
- Amanda and Hillary were responsible for my makeup, depending on the performance. Mostly it was Amanda, and she was definitely better at it.
- Scott gave me really good pointers on eliminating Chris-isms from my performance, but on the tape I have of the show there’s a blatant Chris arm-flop, and it bothers me to no end
That’s about all the really distinct memories I have about the performance. I had a lot of fun and people liked it. My housemates came the first night and Stephanie, Donna, and Stacey (or some combination thereof) presented me with a flower after the show.