How a play goes from someone’s brain to a stage in New York City. PART 6: The Halfway Point.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
We are officially half way through the Crazytown blogs that will take you to Closing performance of “Far From Chekhov”. Are you as excited as I am? No? Well... alright. I don’t give a crap. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t a LITTLE BIT interested. Here we go...
Okay, play is written, director chosen, space found, cast... cast. And we JUST began rehearsals (See part 8 of 11). Last week we blocked the first and second act. In order to do this successfully you have to find a space that is about the same dimensions as the theatre you will be performing in. Since the actual theatre is booked solid, we have to get creative.
Looking at the journey up to this point is a little difficult cause I have my “MOVING FORWARD” cap on. I can really only see what’s right in front of me. If we’ve made errors here and there, hopefully they don’t blow up in our face like a hillbilly’s rifle when we get to OZ. As long as we follow the equity rules (the yellow brick road), kill the flying monkeys (make necessary script revisions before opening) and melt the witch (get our Fire guard certificate), everything should be A-Okay (ruby slippers?)
PAM QUINN Moved to California from New York at age 14 and entered the professional world of writing at 17 on the west coast. By her 20th birthday she had three original works produced in the Los Angeles area. Rising from sketch comedy writing and a background in theatre, Pam collected what she had learned over the years and compiled it into playwriting. She began collaborating on an idea for an original musical (Right Together, Left Together) with Will Collyer and Jacob Harvey. Since moving back to New York in ’05, Pam hasn’t stopped breathing this idea. She co-founded The Unknown Artists (www.theunknownartists.org) with Emily Clark and continues to be prolific within this fantastic company. www.uaplayclub.wordpress.com
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