Posts Tagged ‘Directing’

The Zen of Directing

April 5th, 2013 No comments

Ordinarily, I’m pretty much normal when it comes to work. My thoughts, in order, are “Is it coffee break yet?”, “Is it lunch yet?”, “Is it coffee break yet?”, and “Is it 5 pm yet?”

But anything to do with theatre directing is different. I go into this zone where everything gets focused and things like food and self censorship and over analysing situations go out of my brain.

It’s the way life is that my favourite public life activity is something that doesn’t pay. (Yet.) But the compensation is that, if I do it, the rest of existence’s trials and tribulations are infinitely more bearable.

I need theatre and directing in my life.

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The Marowitz Hamlet

June 16th, 2010 No comments

While walking to a meeting last night, I came across an entrepreneur selling paperbacks in the soft evening sunlight.

Well, of course I got some play scripts. One of which was “The Marowitz Hamlet”.

All the words are from Shakespeare, but not necessarily in the right order and maybe even not spoken by the same character. I gotta say, this script grabbed me and got the directing part of my brain running visuals. Think I even have some marketing ideas.

So it’s not all bad being denied acting prep time. Just have to remember not to waste that precious resource.

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NIF Over

April 2nd, 2010 No comments

Well, New Ideas Festival is over for another year. A mind-blowing experience, to be sure. Or a speaker-blowing experience, every night.

I was fortunate enough to be paired up with a really experienced director who seemed to enjoy mentoring and who taught me a bunch of valuable things. I hope to meet him in person next week, but if he’s reading this, Andrew, thank you.

My brain is now mostly unfried. Part of the frying occurred at the cast party. All I remember is being very tired and then suddenly not being tired again. (Of course I remember more, but this is the Internet, people!)

Welp. Time to saddle up and hit those performing trails again! Yippee ki yai!

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My New Catchphrase

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

Does every director have one of these? Does Spielberg point at Harrison Ford and say “I don’t see your mukluks on the snow”?
God, I hope not.
Anyways, something that I’ve started to say is, “It’s not like you’re ordering a pizza.” Where that came from, I have no idea, but it’s mine and I like it.

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Time is ticking away

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

Man, the opening night for my show is coming up like the proverbial freight train! Theatre is the one art where you can’t put off what you produce on the date you promise it.
Well, you can, but you look like an idiot.
But, rehearsals are still going well, and my actors are all doing great things as they slowly get off book. It will be a fine opening night.

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Rehearsals going well

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

People are getting off book and gradually losing the script anchor. This means they are free to try new things, which I love. Things I would never have planned with my feeble director’s mind. Relationships and characters are really starting to flourish.
It’s a shame it’s only on for two nights. I really want to remount it. So much hard good work deserves to be seen by more people.

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