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Go out with you? Why not... Do I like to dance? Of course! Take a walk along the beach tonight? I'd love to. But don't try to touch me. Don't try to touch me. Because that will never happen again. "Past, Present and Future"-The Shangri-Las

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Actor's Nightmare, Extended

The other night I had an intriguing version of The Actor's Nightmare. That's the dream where you're in a play, but you realize that you've never read the script or attended rehearsal, and you're about to publickly screw up and let down everyone who's counting on you to make the show work. It's awful.

But this time the dream began earlier on the day of the show. I was aware that I still had time to read the script, but first I had to take care of some chores. So I went through the day (I'm not going to bore you with a blow-by-blow; I usually have a rule against sharing dreams) and with each task I tried to perform I realized I was having the same basic problem as in the regular actor's nightmare: I didn't know what to do or how to do it, and people were watching as I screwed up and let them down. Again and again. The dream ended backstage with the curtain about to go up, and my realizing that I never did get around to reading the script.

It's like The Actor's Nightmare extended to cover my whole life, which is about right.

3 comments:

Jonathan said...

I HATE the actor's nightmare, and I have it all the time. I had a cool dream the other night in which I had an ability very similar to what Ashton Kucher could do in Butterfly Effect.

By the way, you also hate your upstairs neighbor, whose death you were praying for. What ever happened to him? Did he perish?

FLT3 said...

I have been having a recurring dream that I am forced to act in a show I don't know with Aaron's upstairs neighbor who hates me and prays for Goldstein's death...
FLT3

Aaron White said...

Oh, I got over the neighbor hate thing. He's been docile for a while. I try real hard to hate the sin and love the sinner, but obviously I suck at it.

I haven't seen Butterfly Effect, but I don't have hot pants for Ashton. Unlike some folks, apparently.