I want to avoid this goal for as long as possible. I’m moving it to my Long Term goals vs a goal I am accomplishing in September. I don’t have the time. Three shows I am preparing for, graduate school, my career, a birthday party, a vacation and time with my friends and family – that’s all too much. I do have a script waiting for me at home (thank you Deb) and I have a list of scripts to read (thank you Suki), but it’ll be awhile before I can dedicate sitting down and exclusively read 5 shows.
- Read five scripts in my desktop folder
Do you understand how much time and effort it takes to read a script? Reading is easy, don’t get me wrong – but script reading? That’s a whole other beast. I could ignore the stage directions, writer notes, what have you and just read it but what would I get out of it?
There’s a reason it can take some directors a year to become fully acquainted with a script and envision their interpretation of the show. Then they all the good stuff gets to happen – costumes, make up, lighting, auditions, etc. But before that, a director has to prove to themselves (and to the theatre they’d like to stage the show in) the possibility of completing the show. If you can’t see the end, and how you get your actors and Stage Manager and costumer and audience, then you can’t put on the performance. I think that’s a mistake that a lot of new directors make (even some of the tenured and lazy ones, too).
It’s about envisioning the words coming to life in front of you and then appropriately describing to another human being (who is not in your head, by the way) to act it out perfectly. But what if they have opinions in how they envision the character moving? And what if your SM disregards your request to have food and drink on the stage? Oh, other SM’s don’t do that? Must just be my theatre. Regardless, you have to fight for your vision to come to life after your initial reading.
Here’s another issue to tackle – what if your vision doesn’t come to life after your initial read through? Does that mean you are destined to never direct that show? No, of course not, it means it could possibly not be right for you right now but in a few days, a few months, a year? Who knows? You can’t put a timer or regulator on your creative intuition or design capabilities, but you also can’t stifle them but forcing yourself to create something out of nothing.
Let the script read to you vs reading the script, you’ll enjoy it more and you’ll probably come out feeling a bit more determined and capable of delivering a good show. Don’t feel that you need to barricade yourself into a show that you aren’t 100% sure of, give yourself a break. Life is too short to direct a show you don’t love and you have to love a majority of the script, a majority of the characters (even the bad guys), and you have to love what you envision. Stay true to yourself little pilgrim, it only gets easier because eventually you’ll be able to work through periods where you’re stumped – you’ll have stretched muscles that you may not have stretched before and you’ll be more capable than ever before.
Maybe one a month would be a better goal, do I have enough time for the remainder of the year? ‘Til next time.