We’re a week and a half into rehearsals for Tape, and the fun has been pretty amazing. This isn’t a surprise. It was planned. If a large part of directing is the ability to make a decision, then the first decision to make is whether or not to accept the job.
For me, a relatively inexperienced director still looking to hone my chops and prove my name, the bar for what I will direct is probably lower than it is for a more experienced director. Still, given the enormous time and energy commitment that directing a play entails, not even I am going to say yes to everything.
However, this one was easy. It’s a play I love – and you have to love it, right, or at least learn to love it – with a theater company I respect (Pinch and Ouch Theatre). And, I’m working with good people. Again, not an accident. My choice.
The first call I made was to Kelly Green. Kelly and I worked together on Proof, and I found her to be professional, pleasant, fun, and completely on top of her game. She also is an actor and director who has a keen eye for what is working or not both on stage and off. She’s invaluable. Not that she’s hurting for work right now, but you’d be crazy not to want her.
But of course the most important decision you make as a director after deciding to do the job is whom to cast. More on that later . . .
I hope you’ll join me and Kelly for southeastern premiere of Tape by Stephen Belber. Tickets are available now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/170674