Saturday, February 16, 2013

Where Was I This Time?

Last night was the first rehearsal for the next play I'll be doing, Tennessee Williams' Battle of Angels.

It never gets easy, you know, starting a new project. I felt awkward, didn't know what to say. Did the dumbest thing I could think of which was to blurt out, "Why don't we all introduce ourselves?" So lame. I felt as if I were back in one of those ridiculous committee meetings I used to participate in when I was a working stiff.

The cast was game, though; and the reading went on without a hitch. I think it will play nicely.

Two of my ladies had conflicts and couldn't come, so I read their parts. I have to admit I found myself pretty compelling. I may have to engineer a return to the boards sometime soon before I tumble into the grave. I do seem to have a knack for Tennessee, he said in a Kim-Stanley kind of glissando of longing.

Of course, I could be wrong.

Before heading out to rehearsal, I received an email telling me that last July's production of Standing on Ceremony had received a Big Easy Theatre Award nomination for Best Ensemble of 2012. That was unexpected news, and it was delightful to hear. SoC was certainly a "little engine that could." It was a pleasure being a part of it, and the audiences enjoyed it, so its nomination is like a cherry on top of a swirl of whipped cream. Of course, the award is presented to the producer, so, as only a director, I don't get a free pass to the ceremony—nor does the ensemble, come to think of it; but it's the thought that counts.

Now I need to get back to my main chore this weekend: devising a rehearsal schedule for Battle of Angels. One should never have to work with more than three actors in a play at a time. Any more than that, and you find yourself dealing with people who have personal lives that just get in the way.

And who wants to deal with that?


  1. Congrats! It doesn't seem fair that the director doesn't get an award. After all, the performers and the director bring the play to life. But what do I know? :) xo

  2. Thanks, and I can't complain. I already have two of those, for producing and directing a play called Frozen. And I have lots of actors who have won already for plays I directed them in..


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