A Staged Reading – Fully and Completely Realized

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Duncan (Andy) Fisher (left) as ‘David’, Laine Maret (centre) as ‘Kate’ and Jeff Glickman (right) as ‘Richard’ during the staged reading of ‘Not Being A Dick’

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Duncan (Andy) Fisher (left) as ‘David’ and Aubree Erickson (right) as ‘Becky’ during the staged reading of ‘Not Being A Dick’ at C’est What in Toronto.

Last night’s staged reading of Not Being A Dick was incredibly gratifying.  The play means so much to me personally, and to see it so warmly received by an audience was something beyond words.

Last night’s event, was actually the first and only time we ran the show from beginning to end without stopping.  It was the first and only time we had the full cast together on that stage.  We didn’t even have time to block it out before presenting it to the audience – just a quick run through of our entrances & exits as people arrived (and watched us work).  We truly were up on a high wire and working without a net – and it all went off without a hitch.

I am so proud of the hard work, effort and talent my cast brought to the project.  We took the play so far in such a short period of time.  Every expectation I had for this undertaking was exceeded by a long shot.  The performances were strong.  The blocking was solid.  I was able to ‘see’ the play and then learn from it.  I also was able to learn something from how the audience received it.

We did a Q&A with the audience, and while everyone had great things to say about the relationship between David and Richard, and the humour between them, there remains some ambiguity between David’s relationship with Kate & Becky, as well as the women’s relationship to each other.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to write a new penultimate scene, to take place AFTER David professes his love to Becky.  Perhaps something where Becky confronts Kate.  Need to make sure there remains some high conflict in the scene, otherwise the play loses its momentum, and the scene falls into expositional drivel land.

Aside from making plans to meet with my cast individually for final thoughts, as well as addressing some of the pencil marks I made on my paper copy of the script, I don’t think I’m going to rush into writing the next draft.  It’s time to let things sit a spell – perhaps wait until the next theatre gets booked.  I’m thinking Chicago sometime soon – take advantage of some of the theatre contacts I’ve made down there.

More than anything I’m pleased that I followed through on a commitment I made to myself in back in February.  The timing took a little bit longer than what I first thought, but I did it.  I realized the goal, fully and completely.  It’s not often that I’m able to say that about commitments I make to myself – at least not ones that require so much effort from so many people whom I have no control over.  I am truly greatful for all the help I receieved.

Now, it’s time to begin the next thing.

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