Woo! What a roller coaster ride of a day, but I’m very pleased to say the script reading I directed of In Their Glory was worth all the roller coastering.
It was really well-received and all the cast did a superb job of bringing the playwright’s script to life. My stage manager and the lighting tech guy did an amazing job of making all my lighting cues work and keeping the tech rehearsal beforehand running so smoothly.
I’m just sad it was only one reading. This cast deserved more performances to get the pleasure of interacting with more audiences.
Now on to the next project, which can take one of two shapes. I will be very interested in either one.
This Saturday, 12 noon at Alumnae Theatre, the script reading I’ve been directing comes to life in front of an audience, hopefully including you.
In Their Glory. 12-1:30. PWYC.
Rehearsals for this are drawing to a close.
I’m always sad, as a director, to lose the chance to work with a group of talented actors and a wicked good script. But, having said that, once I see the movie in my head out there on stage, I’m satisfied to see it on opening night and then never watch it for the rest of the run.
Does that make me some kind of monster? Or just someone who would like to be handed a new project on the day after opening night?
In Their Glory, at the Alumnae Theatre March 24th, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., PWYC. And check out the rest of the festival, starting March 14th! A lot of great new works to see!
As part of the New Ideas Festival this year, I am directing a script reading on Saturday, March 24th at 12 p.m.
The play is called In Their Glory, and I have really enjoyed working with my talented cast and an amazing script. I am also looking forward on the day to meeting the playwright, who lives in New York City.
Please come out and see my play, as well as the other fine productions in the New Ideas Festival.
The first round of callbacks are over, and I am quite happy.
For some reason, even though it’s 2012, it seems difficult to attract young men to the theatre. Luckily, almost everyone I asked for a callback came, and they were all of high enough calibre in different ways so that I could cast tonight if I could.
But I can’t. Because it’s a festival, I’m pulling from a shared pool of actors, so I have to negotiate with other directors in case of conflicts. Unfortunately, because of the low pool of young men, there is going to be some negotiating going on.
Hopefully I remember my recently learned “Plays Well With Others” lesson.
Festival time. On one side, an audience filled with directors, playwrights, assistant directors/stage managers, and producers. On the other side, one lone actor.
The Old Audition Hall
Underlit, sometimes very cold, but never dull.
There is a whole crowd of actors who come through who are competent, or with a nice bag of tricks, or boring. But the entire room lights up when an actor comes in who is alive and honest and mobile. Mostly silent directors start chatting brightly.
And then the next actor comes in.