An Early Post Before I Leave the East Coast

I’ve spent the past two weeks with my family on the East Coast, so haven’t done a lot, unfortunately, that is theatre-related. I’m getting back into the swing now, though, as I have been offered two more dramaturging positions with Taproot Theatre in the spring and summer, and I am ramping up to direct a production of Shelagh Delaney’s “A Taste of Honey,” which is one of my all-time favorite plays.

In addition, I’ve actually made New Year’s resolutions this year. This is something I don’t normally do as I am usually a pretty goal-oriented person, so I don’t usually need the inspiration and pressure of a whole new year beginning. Among the usual “I need to exercise more and eat healthier,” and “Spend more time with friends” promises, I have come to the conclusion that I really need to get off my butt and submit more resumes to various theatre companies. I’ve been working hard with one company for the past 3 years, but if I want to actually direct, I need more variety on my resume. Also, I have sworn to write more often, which was mostly a promise to write more emails to family. But, I think it needs to extend to blogging also. So, while this blog will still house reviews, I will also start writing about the directing and dramaturging process. Hopefully that will lead to more, if shorter, posts, but also get my brain more involved in how I can be a better director with my own productions.

So I’m very excited about “A Taste of Honey.” A good friend who is a composer has agreed to write original music for the show, I have a choreographer for some short dance numbers, and of course other fabulous designers and cast members. I did something out of the ordinary for me, with this production, which was to just outright cast the show, without open auditions. I had people in mind for most of the roles, and has some auditions that were invite-only based on recommendations, but I just cast people who were interested and who I know are fantastic. I figured if I had open auditions I would just end up casting these people anyway.

That’s what I have so far. We leap into rehearsals this coming Saturday, the 9th, so more details coming soon.

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