After our first traverse through time lecture on Sunday the 4th of August we were invited to attend the Gryphon Venue launch party. Instructed to arrive fashionably late, we went back to the flat to take our time getting dressed up.
Before the launch party, we had only ever seen Gryphon’s tiny, all black theaters in the basement of the Point Hotel. So we were very excited to find that the party would be held in the bar on the top floor of the hotel. When the elevator doors opened to a spectacular view of the city, most of our jaws dropped as we realized this is how venue owners party.
As the awe of all the beautiful scenery we were surrounded by began to fade, we remembered why we were there in the first place, to meet people! Most of us lamented over the party not having an open bar, but we soon found out that each table had jars of cookies and candy. We started gobbling them down, as we starving students are happy to take advantage of any opportunity for free food. As the cookies and candy started to dwindle over the night Julie Mercik and I decided to sit on a couch and put the most full cookie jar in front of us as a sort of baiting technique to lure people to talk to us. Didn’t really work, but we got to eat more cookies that way!
Throughout the night all the girls got to know many people from many of the shows being held at Gryphon including SHHH! A silent improv show, Northhanger Abbey, The Fifth duck. And of course our own shows Serotonin Syndrome and American Gunshow. Many of us talked to a gryphon employee named Michael, who we found out had a decent budget to spend on drinks that night and ended up being a pretty interesting character by the end of the night. At the end of the night we all learned some valuable lessons on what to do and not do at launch parties of this such and of some prospective shows to go see this month!