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Tuesday, June 18, 2002
Play update:
Sweet Jeebus. One of my actresses decided she didn't want to be in the play anymore. Fortunately, re-casting wasn't a problem. The problem is, however, casting the remaining roles. That's right -- rehearsals are happening without a full cast. I am learning, however. I'm learning that coming from a 'theatre' background doesn't prepare you for working in community theatre.

For example: I believe that character comes first, blocking second. I want to see what my actors do naturally; what their instincts lead them to do. One of the producers is scared to death by that prospect. I go from general to specific in terms of blocking. If it were cinema, it'd be a different story. I would have clear ideas of shots I want to get. Theatre is different. I don't know what I'm looking for, exactly, but I know it when I see it. Some things, naturally, need to be blocked out. Other things should look natural. Go and sit down. That makes sense, since you just grabbed a cup of coffee. My producer, on the other hand, I fear, probably thinks I'm doing this all half-assed, which isn't too good. I trust my actors. They wouldn't be in the play if I didn't want them there. They were cast based on something I saw in them that resonated with the character. But, I'm not assertive to say 'Dammit, I'm directing this thing. We have 5 weeks. That's plenty of time to get shit blocked out. I learned that when reading a play, you disregard all stage directions. They are from the premiere of the play, and are rarely applicable to what you're doing. Again, lack of assertiveness is a problem. Of course, I do have problems communicating things since I tend to get all worked up and excited that I speak in things like 'Ok -- that was way, way too big. No Jerry Springer neck there. More like *some strange movement thing on my part* Ok, let's take it back to... ummm... 'Well, you were...'.

I'm not entirely sure that this will come together, simply for cast reasons.

On a happier note, I have a... well, dammit, a cybergirlfriend. Her name is Jen. We've exchanged pics and phone numbers, but we agree that it's probably too soon to call each other. It's strange, but I like it.

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