Monday, March 9, 2009

Playwriting and Rehearsals

Well I'm grateful for the comments left on my last post.  Mostly it's nice to know I'm talking to people and not just out into the void.  I'm enjoying catching up on all of your blogs as well.  Golden rule and all that. 

So a couple weeks ago I agreed to have a play ready to read on April 27.  I didn't really work on it much.  Then this week the teacher who asked me, posted a sign up sheet asking for people who would be interested in reading new plays written by me and two other students who write.  Within an hour 20 people had signed their names.  I've been writing a lot since then.   

Erik Stein, whom I'm understudying as Javert and Marcellus, told me that last summer he spoke to Eric Hoit, the Artistic Director of the Melodrama, about an idea he had for a play called Under the Boardwalk.  They talked for a while about it and Eric Hoit told him that he should go ahead and write it.  Fast forward to December when the brochure for the next year comes out.  There in the brochure, the third show is Under The Boardwalk by Erik Stein.  Not one word had been written.  So Erik (Stein) told me that there's no greater motivator than seeing the play you're supposed to be writing there on the brochure with dates and ticket information next to it. 

Les Mis Rehearsals are going really well.  It's a blast learning the music.  We all already know it, but it's fun sitting at the piano with the music there in front of you learning the actual words and not what you think you remember.  The best part is hearing the actors not just mimicking  the way it is on the album, but making it their own the way the original cast did.  Roger (our Director) told us that we have the rare opportunity to present a west coast, American telling of this story.  Not that we're changing it, but we're not doing it as a museum piece.  We're owning it ourselves, and not copying other people's interpretations.  As one small example, we're not using cockney accents.  The play takes place in France, and we're in California, so where would English accents come into it?  I think some people may be a little put off that it isn't exactly the way they saw it before, but if we did that it would be dead.  Our production will be living and relevant.


  1. It makes sense that you are doing your own thing. I have heard theater reviewers complain that Les Mis is the same everywhere and every time thus boring. I think it's great that you are mixing things up.

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  3. It's fun to see you late at night running your fingers through your hair in concentration and having you ask how such and such sounds. You'll get it written --lloyd

  4. Nothing like a deadline to focus your work efforts. Any idea where I can find one of them there deadlines?


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