Saturday, January 26, 2013

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

February 1, 2013
Received phone calls today from two black actors interested in filling the roles we were unable to cast.  Whew. This will put us back to top speed.

January 26, 2013
Auditions were last weekend. All went reasonably well. One woman dropped out before the first actual rehearsal - taken to the hospital, she says, with severe stomach problems. We have yet to cast the two black male roles. Looking around. Thursday we rehearsed in the theatre with no heat. Furnace problems. The temperature was 42 degrees. My hands were shaking so badly I couldn't read my blocking notes on the script. Other than that, everything is going well. Business as usual.

May 1, 2012
I was just informed I was selected to direct TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD next March. More later

Sunday, January 20, 2013

ROUGH DRAFT

A one-act play I wrote, ROUGH DRAFT, was optioned by the Shots In The Dark Independent Theatre Company. The play was produced for a 4 performance run, with an impressive amount of ballyhoo about "World Premiere" and tons of publicity. I was impressed. The cast and director were all young - early 20s - and I had misgivings as to whether they could actually pull off a fast-paced comedy with exacting timing. They did alright. I was sorry to see the run end - each performance was more inventive and more secure than the one before. It would have been interesting to see how far they developed it, given the opportunities.