Hello fellow travelers
I am writing this on December 31, 2023. As such, I would like to start by hoping everyone had a joyful and happy holiday season; may you have a fantastic 2024.
The new year is already at work presenting new twists and turns in my own journey. My musical variety show, “Triesste & Friends,” will have its fourth and final date in February.
Why final—well, there are several reasons. But the main one is that, after 25 years in Japan, there is a strong possibility—not a total certainty (at this point) but a strong possibility that I will be leaving here and relocating back to the U.S.
I am deeply grateful for the ten-plus years I have spent performing as Triesste. The talents I have worked with have been incredible. In the Summer, we finally debuted our third independent film after five years of work. When I announced to our performers that Triesste & Friends was returning, everyone who performed last time wanted to do it again.
That said, my situation, especially as it relates to work, has changed a lot since I first arrived in Japan. I feel like more is being expected of me, but I’m not being compensated accordingly. If anything, I’m falling further behind. At the same time, my family situation back home has become complicated. My ability to help out has become important.
Needless to say, all this brings up a host of questions, starting with, what does it mean for Triesste? an extended family member I was discussing the situation with mentioned community theater. That is fine. But it’s not the same. At worst, I’m wondering if my journey will be just the opposite of most CDH members–going from appearing on stage and screen to battling family, work, and social pressures. Of course, I don’t want to talk myself into thinking it’s a bad idea before I even give it a chance. But it’s a huge adjustment, and in some ways back to some of those attitudes I thought were out of my life. I suppose, if it all works out, I’ll just have to hope for the best.
I also want to extend thanks to CDH and to all who have followed and commented on my writings. It means a lot to be able to share Triesste’s experiences, thoughts, and feelings with readers who actually “Get it.” Thank you! I have no doubt that there will be more to come, in one form or another.
For now once again, have a wonderful holiday season and a super New Year, all the best…