Category: The Year of the Child

Artistic Director Mitchell Marcus chronicles his journey of raising a non-traditional family (with husband Orrin) as it relates to the non-traditional family in Falsettos (Apr 23 – May 12, 2013). Check back every week to see how he balances raising a company and raising two new born twins.


The Year of The Child – Sleepless Nights

I am staring at the clock:
4:00 AM… 4:15 AM… 4:30 AM… 5:00 AM…

Many parents complain that they don’t sleep when they have children. That their children keep them up all night. That is not my problem.

My children wake-up once. Yes… only once! Usually between 2:30 and 3:00 AM after going to bed around 7PM (they then wake up for good by 8:30AM). I wake up, feed them both (which takes about an hour) and then get back into bed, knowing that I get 3 or 4 more glorious hours of sleep. More


The Year of The Child – Why Falsettos?

Upon reading our Musical Notes blog, a patron asked me if I programmed Falsettos because the themes of the show mirrored the themes in my own life (starting a family, redefining the definition of a traditional family). The answer – I don’t think so, but maybe a little?!

There are so many elements that go into programming a season: What shows will help to advance the organization, taking our audiences in new directions while continuing to offer the special elements that make their Acting Up Stage experience unique? What shows make sense for the company of artists who we hope to work with? What shows will provoke interesting dialogue and discourse amongst patrons who attend?

So where did Falsettos come from? More


The Year of The Child #2

I always wonder what the twins will think of musical theatre. Will they be avid fans who accompany me to opening nights from a young age? Or will musical theatre be the nerdy thing that their Dad does which they wouldn’t be caught dead getting involved with?

Wanting to find the balance between imposing my passions onto my children and NOT, I have been very careful to not introduce too much musical theatre to them. I haven’t yet made them watch the DVD of the original Into The Woods (do you think a 3 month old can appreciate the genius that is Joanna Gleason?), and our Annie wig will stay packed in the box this Halloween. More


The Year of the Child #1

When we decided we were going to launch our “Musical Notes” initiative, I was asked to write a weekly posting, tracking the journey of an Artistic Director over the course of a season. While this was a great idea, it posed one problem – “Musical Notes” was launching exactly when I was taking a 5 month parental leave from Acting Up Stage to care for my newborn twins who were born on June 13! I wasn’t so sure that people who wanted to know what an Artistic Director does would be all that interested in how many diapers get changed daily.

(As a side note: I was going to gamble that I change the most number of diapers daily compared to any Artistic Director/Producer in the city until I remembered that Brian Goldenberg from Angelwalk Theatre has triplets.) More