And I mean actors in the general sense, not just men. The shows rights, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, do not preclude gender or sexes from auditioning and being cast. I am *extremely* happy this is true of my first, and really any, production because I don’t want to exclude any gender if it seems and feels right.
Does that mean I’d cast the typically-female-virigin as a male and make it a gay romp? Literally. Possibly.
What about the concubines–wouldn’t it be fun to have a few men thrown in, especially as the Amazons? Yes indeed.
I have to ask myself that if I proceed down this train of thought, does it guarantee me a well-rounded and develop-able cast? People could turn down nontraditional role offers. I could be back at square one for casting and does that mean I failed? It means I tried my best. I can’t make any one take a role they don’t know or aren’t comfortable performing in, that could ruin my show. I don’t want to say that I would prefer traditional casting, but I need a cast to put on the show.
This is the part that worries me. This is the only item entirely out of my control–how do I pick a cast that:
- Works well together,
- Works well with my staff,
- Works well with the production values I’ve set forth, and
Those who work well with me.
This last item is probably the least important item–that’s not to say it isn’t important, it is, but it’s more important everyone else gets along with one another. I don’t mind being disliked as long as I am respected. That’s not to say I’m going out to be a tyrant but I do have a vision for this show. It’s a comedy, a farce, a musical. It’s got to be on point and executed well to meet my expectations.
They are high but attainable–in my oodles of experience, if I can do it–they can do it. So, I am seeking actors who feel they are strong in personality and capable in projecting their stage presence into the audience. That is one of the key motifs of this show: the audience must feel as if they have left the forum and had a fun time. ‘Til next time.