Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Stuff Happens

Nothing local today (not that there isn't plenty going on that is local--just nothing I'm going to blog right at this moment as I try to catch up on those other non-theater aspects of my life), just a script review.

While in L.A., we had the opportunity to meet the director and some of the actors who performed in a version of David Hare's Stuff Happens. The main question I had about how you produce such a script had already been answered earlier in the week--you have a huge budget (at least, huge by Lansing standards).

It was fascinating to hear them talk about how you produce a show where all the characters are real people who are familiar faces in the media. The challenge is to keep them from becoming a Saturday Night Live script. They said it was often a matter of coming out and letting the audience laugh for a moment before grabbing them and forcing them to see your creation rather than the vision they walk in with.

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