We open in 4 days. Preview performances tomorrow and Tuesday.
I find myself desperately reaching for ways to fine tune it, to get it another inch or two closer to what my mind’s eye can see just around the corner. A little closer to perfect.
So many things are going right, and a handful of things are going wrong that we can’t quite figure out how to fix. Might not be able to fix. In some ways it’s like seeing the perfect slice of chocolate cake through the bakery window and not being able to find where the door to the shop is, and the voice in your head is telling you that by the time you find it, they will be flipping the sign from open to closed and locking the door in your face.
Yes, I am at the point in directing a show where I’m having that dream.
At the end of the day, I feel like this could be one of the biggest theatrical failures of my career, or it could be one of my greatest accomplishments. The show will go on either way – and almost certainly fall somewhere between those extremes that the fear center of my brain likes to indulge in.
The good news, as so often happens when making art, is that life does have a habit of imitating it. This story we are telling, is all about being imperfect. It’s all about trying your best and falling short, then finding a way to continue on and bring out the best in ourselves — despite the many failures and foibles along the way.
In a way, all these imperfections may make this show just about perfect.
Pay-what-you-can tickets to the livestream performances are here. Running May 12-14 and 19-21.