A while back a friend of mine had a dream, in which they visited me in Toronto. Â In the dream, in the course of showing them around the city, I took them to a club for actors. Â Not a night club, but a “club” in the classic sense: you know like a place where people go to hang out, play cards (or whatever), talk shop, and socialize. Â I told her that there was no such place, but had to admit that it was a shame that no such place existed. Â And it really is.
As I mentioned before, when actors come together to work on a show, they form an ad hoc family, and when the show is over, that familyÂ dissolves. Â That family will never be together in that way ever again. Â During the rehearsal process, that family of actors socializes, networks, talks and acts as a support group. Â It is, for a brief while, a community. Â One that separates all too quickly.
What if there was a social club for actors? A place where we could get together, hang out, chat about the business, or chat about something other than the business. Â A place where a community could be formed that lasts longer than a show or a season.
What’s preventing this from happening right now? Â Perhaps location. Â One couldn’t expect to have a designated location right away (as nice as that might be). Â But what about a restaurant or bar or pub? Â The place would have to be quiet enough that people could talk, it would have to have a reasonably priced food (both vegetarian and not), and it would have to be welcoming to the group. Â Or perhaps, instead of that, start off with a pot-luck dinner type thing.
Either way, as far as I can see, we could all benefit from such a thing. Â A place where we could form a community, where we could benefit from each others’ experiences, and where we could socialize with like minded people.