Welcome to the countdown.
This is my Producer Diary!
In 100 days Rakugo will open off-Broadway. This is the final stretch of a long and eventful journey.
Here is the quick summary:
25 years ago - produced the hit show Aristophanes Clouds in Toronto, 15-month run.
20 years ago - went to Japan to study Japanese traditional theatre
15 years ago - saw Rakugo for the first time in a small Yakitori shop in Yokohama
10 years ago - became the 15th apprentice to Katsura Sanshi (Now Katsura Bunshi VI)
7 years ago - finished my Rakugo apprenticeship and performed in Ottawa Canada, first show abroad
5 years ago - performed for 1000 people at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, produced by my friend Gerry Ronan and my brother Pete Robic THE BROADWAY DREAM WAS BORN!
4 years ago - first performance in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and first performance in London
3 years ago - moved to London, became Artist in Residence at The Forge Venue, Camden
2 years ago - first official sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Last Year - Debut 3-week run in London's West End, Leicester Square Theatre
Last Year - Moved to New York
Last Year - Debut 3-week run off-Broadway, SoHo Playhouse
And now, the countdown to our first long ron off-Broadway begins.
Just joining the journey now? Perfect timing! This is where it all gets really fun and really interesting.