Neverwhere Memories (Set 1) April 28, 2013
I think this might be my favorite memory of all…meeting Mr. Neil Gaiman himself…
So, hmm, where do I begin? Yeah. Okay, so you know how there is that moment when you meet a huge hero like figure and you find out that they are not so great in person? You’re a little let down but you understand?…
Yeah that’s literally LIGHT YEARS yes LIGHT YEARS away from Neil Gaiman. So I step off stage, a little nervous. Side note- I’ve had the extreme joy and pleasure to perform and meet some of my playwright/author heroes, in the past and they, sadly at some point are not as much as I hoped they’d be, maybe it was them, maybe it was me, but just not what I would have liked- so yes a little nervous that it could very well be that moment. Now I already had so much awesome Neil support and energy, from him sharing of my production photos to him sending me a Happy Birthday Hunter tweet, I figured if he doesn’t come, its okay, I totally understand, he’s already given so much love…but then we get the official “yes, he is coming” “yes he is here….” oh my f*cking god…
Then I manage to work my way through the crowd of fans waiting outside the theater after the show, and finally greet him. As nervous as I was, I managed a calm, collected, grounded “thank you so very much for just being here, this means more than you know.” He replies by warmly taking both my hands, looking into my eyes and says “you were wonderful, just wonderful…”
Then of course after that moment, I fell apart completely. First off I’ve never had such a prolific, brilliant, amazing artist and figure, be so unbelievable beautiful and open with me. Making contact and connection from the first moment, meant the world to me. What a beautiful person Neil is. One of those people that just makes the world better by being here. Truly. I’m probably not doing this moment justice, but I felt so equal and comfortable, he made everyone so comfortable so happy, so excited to share and connect with him. He talked almost every single person who stayed behind, he signed books and took pictures with joy and pleasure. We had him come back into the theater and take photos with the cast and costumes and set, oh the BEAST, he took a picture with the beast! Amazing!
Even more amazing-ness: He signed my book! Like a geek, I totally asked him to sign my book and address it to Hunter. Again with pleasure, he signed away.
Now here’s the kicker, so this amazing man has been at the theater for about 6 hours at this point. He had dinner with our director before the show, then saw the show (which was 2:45) then stayed for picture. I was so sure he was beyond exhausted. But as ballsy as it was, I asked him if Hunter could by him a drink….AND HE SAID YES! Even thinking about it now I squeal with joy. I felt like the coolest person ever! So he stays and chats with everyone for another hour or so. Unbelievable. I was soaring the entire night! Another side note- I had friends who flew all the way out from Sarasota, Florida to come see Neverwhere, and they got to meet Neil. So to feel like I made that happen made it all even better.
I honestly can’t describe how incredible was to have had him there that night. It was such a beautiful night.
Thank you Neil, for giving us your heart and art always. Thank you for creating such beautiful strong characters to step into. Thank you for all the support. Thank you for the love. Thank you thank you thank you. You are a hero, a prolific figure, a fucking incredible artist, but you are also one of the most down to earth, brilliant and beautiful people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I’m so hoping for more opportunities to cross paths again…
Pictured (T to B, L to R)
~Neil and Hunter ;)
~Neil and Croup (Ezra Buzzington)
~Neil with Old Bailey/Earl (Marz Richards)
~ The Marquis de Carabas (Jonathan Kells Phillips) meets Neil :)
~Neil and Master Longtail ;) (Julia Griswold)
~Vandemar and Croup, the old firm (Bryan Krasner and Ezra) meets Neil
~ The Angel Islington (Carlos Larkin) and Neil
~ Neil with our costume department Ruth Silveria
~Another picture of my special message the day after ( because I had to make sure I didn’t dream it all up ;)
~Neil writes to Hunter