By Abigail Vega
I just did a weird thing in the bathroom of this Starbucks. No, no, GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER. When I went to wash my hands, I put them under the soap dispenser for a few seconds and just waited. Like, without a care in the world, got nothing else to do all day, looking at that new freckle on my face in the mirror, hey girl, you’re looking good today, and wait, why am I still here?
Oh, yeah. BECAUSE THE SOAP DISPENSER ISN’T AUTOMATIC.
What’s really odd is that after laughing at myself and manually pumping the dispenser for soap, I DID THE SAME EXACT THING WITH THE WATER FACET AND THE HAND DRYER. I wasted like 28 seconds in that bathroom waiting for services that I’ve grown accustomed to that weren’t ever going to come, at least not at this River North Starbucks. What a strange feeling – automatic things have literally become my norm, so I’m actually surprised when I don’t get them.
Which brings up something I’ve been ruminating on all week – I am an impatient person living in an automatic, impatient world, so when something takes time, like actual time, I have a real resistance to it. This has always been my struggle with doing devised work with Teatro Luna – some things just take time, and really good things take a lot of time, and it’s sometimes really hard for me to be patient, trust the process, and trust the ladies I’m in the room with.
We’ve been working on Generation Sex for a little over a year. What started as a touring rehearsal to get S-E-X-Oh! back on the touring circuit became writing sessions, and then a weekend workshop at Instituto Cervantes, then four story collecting workshops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and Berkeley (if you were there, thank you for your stories!), then a second workshop run at the Chicago Fringe Festival, and then a third workshop at Rivendell Theatre. Now, we’re back in development and we start rehearsals for the World Premiere in two weeks. Oh, and before we world premiere in Chicago, we’re taking it on a two week tour of Texas and New England.
This is all very hard for a girl who expects automatic soap in every public restroom.
We have worked with so many different ladies throughout the life cycle of this project, but now we have our final cast and team and for the next few weeks, you’re going to hear from them. I’m so excited to be working with this group – we’ve got a huge variety of artists working on it, from visual artists to experienced devisers to dancers to our set and projection designer who has been developing in the room with us from Day 1 (so cool!). They’re going to be writing blogs, sharing photos, talking about how the process is wonderful or terrible or confusing or inspiring for them – and it’s this diverse group of artists that are providing the icing on the cake of this massive project, GENERATION SEX.
Are you all ready?