I Often Repeat Repeat Myself

One of the less visible aspects of preparing a stageplay is the number of times a director reads the script in advance. Over the past several months of preparing for “Flung”, I have been reading. One for pleasure, two for critique, three for story, four for arcs. Five, six, seven, and eight for production dilemmasContinue reading “I Often Repeat Repeat Myself”

Tonight’s Entertainment

I’ve never quite been able to master the art of script analysis without some kind of music in the background. The experience is even better when live musicians provide said melodious ambiance. My thanks to the folks who braved the cold and snow flurries to perform at tonight’s Open Stage at Berkley Coffee, and helpedContinue reading “Tonight’s Entertainment”

You Can Observe A Lot By Watching

“Quantum physics teaches us that the art of observation alters the thing observed. To observe is to disturb. ‘To observe’ is not a passive verb. As a director I have learned that the quality of my observation and attention can determine the outcome of a process. Under the right circumstances the audience’s observation and attentionContinue reading “You Can Observe A Lot By Watching”

The Pedro Zone

I’m almost reluctant to advertise this as it was so cool to be one of three people in the audience – but that wouldn’t be very sportsmanlike. Pedro’s song hour at Berkley Coffee. Super chill vibe, just an hour of letting whatever music might happen, happen. Thanks for the fantastic ambiance as I continue toContinue reading “The Pedro Zone”

Set Design: The Terrifying Beginning

“Many young directors make the big mistake of assuming that directing is about being in control, telling others what to do, having ideas and getting what you ask for. I do not believe that these abilities are the qualities that make a good director or exciting theatre. Directing is about feeling, about being in theContinue reading “Set Design: The Terrifying Beginning”

The Art of Making Art

“I want an artistic explosion. Our present high-technology lifestyle demands a theatre experience that cannot be satisfied by video and movie screens. I want acting that is poetic and personal, intimate and colossal. I want to encourage the kind of humanity on the stage that demands attention and expresses who we are and suggests thatContinue reading “The Art of Making Art”

Flung: Announcing … Auditions!

If you build it, they will come. Such is the mantra of a theatre artist trying to recruit actors to the try-outs. It’s an insane delusion which directors must sustain, especially in these beginning labor pains of putting a play together. The delusion that people are going to give their time, without pay. That they’llContinue reading “Flung: Announcing … Auditions!”

My Next Gig: Flung

Content warning for those who have been following me for awhile: shameless self-promotion and angsty posts about the process are coming back, because my next directing gig is right around the corner! I’ll try to remember to tag and title appropriately. Caveat, occasional theatrical metaphors and references will almost certainly bleed into my other posts.Continue reading “My Next Gig: Flung”