We did our first full read through last night where all the actors sat in a circle in our green room and did a dry read through of the whole script. It’s a rough, un-produced, baby of a play in that sense, but it’s already growing into something bigger. The words themselves, and the simple sound of the actors’ voices reading them out loud, already lends itself to fledgling characters, emotions, and revelations which will rock the audience once the final production comes out. And those are just the words.
By the time we finish there will be costumes, physicality, props, a stage that has been built and lit and interacted with as if it were a real home and all of us will have spent our time and energy making that come to life. The ‘birthing’ of a production is a very real thing in this sense; it’s based on input from different sources that will lead to the creation of a unique, one-of-a-kind production. And just like real births, the basics will be the same but the quirks, characteristics and impressions will be matchless.
I’m so enthralled by all this that I’d honestly be pleased just to a be a fly on the wall and watch this thing come to life. But knowing that I’m gonna be a part of it, that one piece of it will be mine, is just that much more astounding.