well, not so much but I’m sure the same can be said about mine too. I am venturing into a new area soon. I will be directing my first play, mine actually, ‘That Irish Thing’. I haven’t directed since I took some classes at the NewSchool in New York, years ago.
I know some people will say, ‘this will come easy for you since you like to be in control, and
maybe it will when I get down to it. I have seen my work directed before and was thrilled to have it done but, there was always something for me that didn’t ring true. My characters did not stay to my vision of the play or his/her roll in the story. But the director is in charge and I understand that. They can’t change words or lines without the playwright’s permission but, as the director, what happens on that stage must also be his vision. He is the captain of the
ship, so to speak and the playwright is the co-captain.
Well, now, I will be both captain and co-captain and although I am looking forward to it, I also have some reservations, as you might expect.
We have a couple of community theatres here in Taos, NMand Metta is a favorite of mine. There is also a rather large group of talented actors/actresses, writers and directors here in this small, artistic town situated in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There is also a small group of professional artists who have had many accolades showered on them, past, present and I know in the future. I am fortunate to have in my cast Kristen Vigard (KristenVigard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and Elizabeth Croydon (titsandwits.blogspot.com), along with some very talented local residents.
This started out as a blog regarding me directing my first play and I need to get back to that theme. I have a mental picture, and even a design for what I plan to create with the help of these talented actors/actresses. I hope to do some fund raising, so that I can do the PR that is needed to get first-class reviews (the media does have to be in the audience for this to happen). I want to ensure a full house each night for all our sakes. To play to an empty house or one that is sparsely full, is hard on the soul. Of course, I’ve given some thought about having some of the artistic directors of nearby theatres come up and watch the performance and fall madly in love and say to me they must have this play for their theatre,
Hey, it’s a matter of believing in yourself and I do and just as important, I believe in this play.
I won’t deny that having the belief of Kristen and Elizabeth has boosted this new self-confidence, but I’ll take any help where I can get it. Elizabethis even convinced we
must take this play to Ireland, where
she has relatives (the second act is played in
I won’t blog again about this directing debut of mine. I don’t want to expel too much energy and draw off the creativeness from myself or give too much power away. We are going up the first two weeks in October. With the talent on board, professional and semi-professional, (really all professional), I know that I and our audience will not be disappointed.
Just as a side note this is one of two plays of mine that is with a producer of a London based
theatre company. Had to throw that in, know you’ll understand.