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RIP Rose

Posted by Robin Abrahams  October 12, 2012 03:34 PM

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My apologies for the silence around here, folks. It's been a rough week: on Wednesday, the other producers and I decided to close "Blood Rose Rising." Ticket sales simply weren't strong enough for us to afford to go on. 

I posted on Facebook that day, "How many of you have jobs that are occasionally frustrating or fun, but don't really get at your emotional core? And how many of you have jobs that can uplift you or break your heart? Whichever kind you have, what do you think it would be like to have the other?" Interesting to hear your varied responses. I've always been most fulfilled in the second kind of job: teaching and writing and the arts. Weeks like this, though, are when that choice is a tough one. 

We had an excellent sendoff for Rose. There was a rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday night, so we all met at Naga, which we had to ourselves for a couple of hours. We told the actors the news and answered their questions. Then, we played music and drank and had a wonderful wake for a show that died too young. Maybe she'll come back someday, in one form or another.* But for now, the lady vanishes.

Have you ever been involved in a project--work, volunteer, whatever--that had the plug pulled on it? Did you manage to have a satisfactory send-off? 

*I'm not just blowing out the ghost metaphor here: we're thinking web series. 
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