There were several things that sparked Single Carrot:
On April 30, 2005, with graduation looming in a few short weeks (actually, I wasn’t going to graduate until August 2005, as I had decided to graduate early, but the spring term was ending), I was suddenly petrified of entering the real world armed with a degree in acting.
The prospect of saying goodbye to my cohort and collaborators of the past several years seemed like a terrible idea. I didn’t want to move to Chicago/New York/LA and try to make it on my own as an actor in a system that didn’t particularly care about me. It turned out 22 other people were feeling the same way.
I had just finished re-reading Harold Clurman’s The Fervent Years, and bolstered by the idea that Clurman et al. had created the most successful and important theatre company in American history during the depths of the great depression, in a fit of foolish naivety, I figured a group of impertinent, but passionate, 20-21-22 year olds could pull it off in the booming mid 2000’s (little did I know we were creeping up to the biggest recession since the depression, but that’s another matter). There are few times in your life when you are attached to no one and nothing, and you can follow a dream as half baked as starting a theatre company.
Leaving college, I felt over prepared in some aspects and unprepared in others. I knew that life experience was going to be the next important teacher in my life. I felt like I hadn’t had the variety of experiences inside a theatre that I needed to begin my career in theatre–I’d acted in a bunch of shows and worked in the scene shop, but I’d barely given a thought to why theatre is important in society, and how theatres are funded and run.