Before leaving Orlando, performance artist, Brian Feldman wanted to produce a second performance of Thor sketches the Audience for the United Arts, Arts Fest in February . He had the idea of using the theater at Disney University as the venue. I drove down to Disney to meet him and Tommy Wingo. Tommy handled all the tech details the first time around with the projectors and screens. I changed into my nice pants since I figured I needed to fit the Disney look as we met the theater promotions folks.
When I got to the Disney Institute the security guard at the entrance asked me for my driver’s license. I searched my pants and wouldn’t you know, my wallet wasn’t there. I had left it in the old pair of pants. Fay, the security guard couldn’t let me onto the Disney property. I sat with her in her little security kiosk as I called Brian and the Disney folks to try and get in. I think one of the promotions people went out to the wrong kiosk to get me. Security has been this tight ever since 9/11 and I just might be a terrorist. I know I’m an anarchist.
The theater is absolutely gorgeous with plush theater seats and an old school look, reminding me of the Ford Theater where Lincoln was shot. We discussed lighting and the position of screens. The Disney folks were a pleasure to talk to. The first time, I rented the theater space at the Shakespeare Theater for about $300. In the parking lot near the Disney Theater, Tommy, Brian and I joked about how expensive it would be to rent the Disney Theater for the night. We placed bets and I believe I had the high bet at $5000. Much later, we found out it would cost $30,000 to rent the space. That included renting several Disney Buses to transport audience members from a distant lot. The invoice did say that they world throw in a folding table for the evening at no extra cost. Needless to say, we didn't rent from Disney.