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Horror Academy tidbits

Our playwright, Darren Callahan, can be seen in this interview clip on YouTube talking about Horror Academy in (as he puts it) '"I-just-woke-up" kinda vague terms' at the recent AuthorFest. The mansion he's talking about is the North Lakeside Cultural Center, which is going to be so cool to work in. I'm assuming anything that can be damaged by stage blood will be safely out of the way, since I'm also assuming we're going to be working with at least some.

I know a lot of people have great trepidation about having a playwright anywhere near the production process, and I've heard a few horror stories to justify it. But so far Darren seems very cool (and the Babes have previously produced one of the one-acts that now comprise HA, so I assume they've had a good experience with him). And I've certainly considered them an asset in the two other experiences I've had with the strange creature that is a world premiere.

In the case of These Honorable Men, of course, I might have been a wee bit biased by Doug writing Lucy Hale with me in mind. *g* I even forgave him for the nightmare quick-change because it ended up being absurdly kinda fun to do. (Seriously, what other reaction can you have to standing stock-still and holding your arms out while FOUR PEOPLE descend upon you like a sartorial tornado?)

As for Seven Out, I can't imagine not having had Keith as a resource, with so much of the play's world being drawn from his own childhood observations, made from a pretty unique cultural perspective. When he walked up to me at the first dress and gushed about the rightness of particular costume details, it pretty much made my month.

I don't know yet how much Darren will be around for this process, but he is local, so I imagine we'll get to see him some. We've already gotten one script revision, which is par for the course, although usually I simply wouldn't have seen the previous version since we don't start rehearsals for over a month.

In conclusion, I love this stuff. :-)

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phantomminuet
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
In the case of These Honorable Men, of course, I might have been a wee bit biased by Doug writing Lucy Hale with me in mind. *g*

Oh my goodness...you're a muse. :-)
wiliqueen
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hee! 1995 was by far my craziest acting year to date. It's only fitting that was part of it. I barely left the stage in that show, coming straight off Beatrice in Much Ado. After that I did Ren Faire, then Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth (with a different company), and was actually quite relieved to be Rosencrantz and have all of about ten lines in Hamlet.

That was the year that finally broke the mental hard drive storing everyone's dialogue for every show I had done back to about fifth grade. %-}
havocthecat
Jul. 16th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I'm pretty damn sure the Changeling LARP I was in ran there. If I'm recalling it correctly, it's a GORGEOUS building.
wiliqueen
Jul. 16th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
It looks like it. I'm so keen on this whole "promenade-style" thing, and the unconventional space. :-D
mannoftalent
Jul. 16th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's a good space, my synagogue has used it on occasion. It's actually in my neck of the woods, if you ever want to hang out.
wiliqueen
Jul. 16th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
It sounded like it was in that vicinity. Cool! I'm not sure when we'll actually be working there, but I'll keep it in mind.
swirling_poetry
Jul. 16th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
As a playwright who has heard playwrights' horror stories about them being involved in the process and who has also been involved in the process...

We really should be there when it is first being workshopped. For the table reads. For the initial blocking. For the early parts of the rehearsal process.

Then we need to be kicked out of the room and invited back every so often. And we need to be the hell out of the way during tech. The horror stories I've heard where when the playwright was invited for tech. Because that's when all crap happens and its too late to make any changes.
wiliqueen
Jul. 16th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
And you've just described exactly what happened with those couple shows. :-)

Doug might have been around a bit more for THM. IIRC, he was driving John a little crazy, but he was pretty unobtrusive as far as the rest of us could tell. And I don't know if it's possible not to drive the director a little crazy. *g*

And we need to be the hell out of the way during tech. The horror stories I've heard where when the playwright was invited for tech.

Yeah, there'd be really no way for that to not be a nightmare waiting to happen. Keith at dress -- when the show was actually ready for a dress -- was one thing. Actual tech...yeeeee.
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