Hi, I’m Mare Schumacher. Maybe you heard me tell a story at the Flagstaff Foundry. Bringing a dead squirrel back to life. Getting arrested for protesting in Manhattan. What happens when a non-planner and a planner fall in love. Sound familiar? Or maybe I’ve sold you a ticket or given you encouragement to perform at the Foundry.
Back in 2016, I saw my first Foundry and was wowed by it. What is this thing?
So, I told my protest-arrest story at a show and it was fun. I helped move chairs at the end of that show and the next show and the next. I found myself selling tickets and mopping and buying tape we needed and before I knew it, I was part of the family.
Maybe six months after my first show, Flagstaff Foundry creator/director/producer/ emcee Garrison Garcia asked me, “Do you want to produce the next one? I’m going to be out of town.”
“Oh, HECK no!” I said, “I know how to put away chairs. That’s it.”
“Well, maybe we’ll cancel the show then,” Garrison sighed, tears forming in his eyes.
“WHAT?! No way! OK, I’ll do it,” I relented.
“Great! I’ve got all of the instructions written down and I’ll get a few people to help,” said Garrison.
I had three weeks to figure this out. The show would surely be a flop and my career as a producer/director was going to end before it began. Or was it?
Next time: It’s Show Time!