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 Posted: Sat Nov 18th, 2017 03:27 pm
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JaylanT
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Now that my first play will be staged (I'll be posting that in the right place shortly!), I'd like to get more immersed in the theater community for mutual support, advice and the rest. Looking forward to sharing the "hitting a wall" moments as well as eureka moments (too few!).
Jaylan

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 Posted: Sun Nov 19th, 2017 04:44 pm
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Welcome, Jaylan. Congrats on the production. It's always exciting to see what a director does with your work. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good but always exciting.

I can barely remember my first play that was produced. What I remember was the second one: A short (25 min) one act about the next to the last time I saw my father alive. He was well into dementia with no short term memory. He would ask me the same question every few minutes. My frustration over not being to have a real discussion with him grew until I exploded and hurt his feelings. Then I realized it wasn't his fault, it was mine. The play ending is upbeat with me happily answering his repetitive questions.

I knew the woman who directed it: Very talented and a great interpreter of new works. She ruined my play. She turned it into a comedy. The words were the same but people were laughing at my father. I was crushed. I asked a mutual friend who helped me polish the play before I submitted it what he thought. He said the two interpretations were very different but equally good. Another friend told me it was "the best" short play she had ever seen.

It was about five years before I could see the play objectively. The director was right. She hadn't made fun of my father, she made fun of the situation that life had put him in. But what I really learned was that without the humor, it was going to be a very long 25 minute dirge. The humor made it fun to watch.

Soooo, if you like what the director does with your play, you're lucky. If you don't like it, wait a couple of years before you issue a final judgement.

Again, welcome! Let us know how your play goes.

Anyone else have a first production story to share?

Doug B

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 Posted: Sun Nov 19th, 2017 06:17 pm
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Thanks for the warm welcome Doug. The first show is Dec 2. There has already been drama about the drama, but being so new at this, I'm just going with the flow! As to your own story, I think that distance doesn't reveal the truth about things necessarily, it just alters your perceptions.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 25th, 2017 08:01 am
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Hey Congrats on the opening of your show! That's awesome! And welcome to the Forum!

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