During our interview last week, solo stage performer Barry Smith let me in on his next project. He jokes that what's currently titled Every Job I've Ever Had is "the résumé of an incredibly unmotivated person."
“I’m going to be debuting that in a couple of months," he said, "and I’m scanning my notebook from when I was in first grade.”
As his new performance Me, My Stuff and I makes clear, Smith holds onto things. He assured me he's not a total pack rat, though: "The stuff wasn’t necessarily a physical burden. It’s not like I can’t get to my bathtub because of my stuff."
It's a discerning eye that acknowledges the need to hold on to the first-grade notebook (which includes a quiz on animals such as the Easter Bunny). That something like this can make its way into a story about the job world is one of Smith's quirky trademarks.
Of the typical American career path, Smith said, “It’s a premise that’s really intriguing me," adding, "and I have a deadline, so I better be intrigued. I better be real intrigued, like today.”
Smith will perform Stuff at the MAT starting tonight. See the full story here.