Hello, Internet! Let me catch you up on what's been going on with me:
In October I was offered the opportunity to return to TheatreSquared and serve as the understudy for Around the World in 80 Days. I learned so much observing the cast and director work but, damn, I wanted to be up there. I watched the show at least once each week and during this run I was even able to meet the writer, Mark Brown. He was so generous with his time...more on him later. Now let's jump to the last weekend of the show. On Wednesday I received a call that I would be finishing the run. AHHHHH!! This was crazy! The next 24 or so hours went something like this: script, coffee, script, sleep?, repeat. It was such a wild ride. The cast and stage management team were amazing. This weekend also happened to be my last weekend in Fayetteville. What a way to go out!
Once the show closed I had one day to pack up all my stuff for a trip home to Cincinnati for Christmas and then a move out west to Los Angeles. I always love going home. My parents are great. My siblings are great. The city is great. Sometimes you need a place where you don't have to worry about bills or meals. On the morning of the 29th Stephanie, Lilly (the dog), and I packed up and headed west. First stop was Fayetteville. I packed up my tiny Honda Civic with MOST of my stuff (turns out you can't fit your whole life into a two door) and we headed for Albuquerque. The next morning we headed to Old Town Albuquerque. If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend checking out this part of town.
We hopped back in the car and headed towards The Grand Canyon, our next stop. As we entered Arizona we started to see signs for the Petrified Forrest National Park. We decided to stop and check it out...I mean come on, the name itself is worth a stop! This also gave Lilly time to run around and stretch her puppy legs. This was one of my favorite parts of our drive. If you have never heard of the Petrified Forest, look it up and if you are ever in Arizona go check it out!
We spent so much time enjoying the National Park that we were not going to have enough time to make it to The Grand Canyon before dark. Not a problem, we would just drive to our hotel in Flagstaff and then go early the next morning, right? WRONG. We checked the weather for the following day. Snow. Snow? In Arizona? Now, I know we were in the mountains, but still! It didn't make sense in my brain. The forecast called for 1-3 inches overnight and 8-12 during the day. So we decided to ditch our Grand Canyon plans and head south to get out of the storm.We were up by 5am and checked out by 6am. The first few hours of the drive were not very pleasant. The roads had not been treated at all. Once we reached Phoenix we were able to get back on track.
Finally we had reached California! Our first night in Los Angeles we met up with some friends of mine from undergrad. It was so much fun ringing in the New Year with them. I’ve heard before that friendships are not measured by the quantity of time spent with each other but the quality of time. Stephanie has one more semester left in grad school so she had a week with me here before flying back to Fayetteville. We packed so much into that week. The highlight of my first week in LA had to be reuniting with Mark Brown (Yeah! The guy who wrote Around the World in 80 Days! I told you he would make another appearance in this story!). Mark and his wife, Nicki Genovese, invited Steph and I over for dinner to welcome us to LA. We had such a great time. We saw the Brady Bunch house, ate delicious food, talked about the business, and made jokes about Harry Potter. For those hours spent in their home the pressure of the new city and breaking into this business went away. It should also be stated that Mark and Nicki's daughter is so adorable and hilarious. I think she and Stephanie could talk about wizards and wands for hours.
So, yeah, now I'm here in LA ready for anything to come. For now I'll be at my brother and soon to be sister-in-law's apartment sleeping on the magnificent couch that they have so graciously offered and hanging out with their dogs. Yep, this city is already starting to feel like home.
If you would like to see more from my trip out west check out my Instagram or look up the hastag #KieranToLA! Thanks for reading and here's to a great 2015!