Yikes! it’s been a while. I’m afraid I suppose I hit that time of the semester in which neglectfulness is a rather easy mode to slip into. I’m doing fine, though. I mean, I’m re-working for like the fifth time the conceit underlying my new play; have less of an idea about what my thesis will actually be than I did two weeks ago; and have had the same Netflix rental for over a week. But, other than that, just fine.
The reading went very well. Remember what I said about not compromising, though? About how I was going to find my ideal cast this time? I compromised. The actress we cast was very green. I had to rewrite the Asian American male part as a Caucasian. Why? Because only three people showed up to the audition. Green Girl, a Japanese girl with a very heavy accent, and an halfway decent guy who ended up having a scheduling conflict. I wasn’t happy about it. Really not happy. Funny thing, I of course had my own ideas about what it meant for the two Asian American characters to be Asian American, and what message they telegraphed and how they messed with notions of representation; but changing the male character to a white guy carried brought it a whole new set of resonances to the play that rather compelled me. Now I really need a production as I originally intended it to see if I like it enough. Anyway, we pulled through, I made lots of discoveries in the rehearsals, and on the night, despite any shortcomings on anyone’s part, I got a very good showing and a very responsive and supportive audience.
It was strange conducting the feedback session here, though. Not what I’m used to. That would be friends and other playwrights who don’t try to imagine what an actual production of the play would look like, or, worse, try to rewrite your own play. To be fair, my audience was very thoughtful, and didn’t so much try to rewrite my play as to suggest that some trimming might be in order, but it was rather odd hearing them say how much they thought some video projections, sound design or cool lights might “help” the play. Anyway, I got what I wanted, and that’s what counts.
From this point on, well. This is the first full-length play of mine that I have enough confidence in to start submitting to reading/production opportunities. Granted, the subject matter is a little pedestrian (the play is about college students), and the phrase “monologue play” doesn’t immediately conjure the best associations, but I feel that I take enough risks both in terms of content and dramaturgy that it holds some merit. Not to mention that it’s a really easy show to produce. Three people sitting in chairs–come on!
Between the listservs and the Loop, I’ve got about half a dozen places I think I can submit to. After rewrites.