MAKING! 4 Leaning

I’m *making* an online fundraising event for a school.  I thought maybe people would gain something by seeing my process for creating, rehearsing, collaborating, and performing the event… So, here I am sharing.

Today it’s about show flow and game structure. I spent some time laying it out in a spreadsheet. I have the basic chunks figured out, but I need help. Tomorrow, I’m gonna have a call with my favorite director Stefan Haves to go over it and get some confidence in it. I’m using him because…

  1. I trust him
  2. He knows my “operating manual” (how I function)
  3. He knows my abililties
  4. He knows show tempo better than anyone
  5. Things are low stakes for him because it’s not his show
  6. Two heads are better than one
  7. I don’t have a test audience, so I need input

I am not from the theater

I don’t start with collaboration. I am often resistant to direction and ensembles. I am tempted to make things on my own. Sometimes I do go solo, but when I want something done quickly and well, I gotta lean on someone else. Sitting with a keyboard and fighting myself gets me only so far.

I can think very well by myself. I can ponder and write well with no distractions.

In conversation, though, that thinking inflates. It becomes a real thing with volume. Nothing’s really real until it’s shared.

I’ve gotta tell myself over and over “nobody’s independent”

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