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:

  1. Scott told me early on I either had to keep growing my hair out or shave my head. I couldn’t get a haircut.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Amanda and Hillary were responsible for my makeup, depending on the performance. Mostly it was Amanda, and she was definitely better at it.
  5. 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.