There's something incredibly exciting about hearing a script come to life for the first time. After a year (or years) of reading a script to yourself, imagining how the characters would sound and act, there's just something magical about being able to hear a playwright's words finally fall from the mouths of talented actors and seeing how the audience reacts to those words that make theatre worth it.
After a year of planning, countless email messages, overtime charges on cell phone bills (on my part at least), and several cross-country meetings via several teleconference services, our entire company is finally assembled in San Diego for our 2010 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays.
Before our teams begin their individual workshops, we've all had the opportunity to hear each of the plays read in their entirety. We've all heard where the plays are starting the week and will be able to hear where they'll end up at the end of the week when they're each presented at La Jolla Playhouse.
Tomorrow, each play will begin their workshops; each play will receive two workshops a day. It's a period of phenomenal creativity and tremendous activity - all leading to an invaluable experience.
I'll post more info as (or if) time permits. For more on how we develop our plays, take a look at the article below.