I did this five years ago, and it was a hoot. Especially interesting was that the rehearsal process felt like any other, but merely compressed: initial excitement, fumbling, semi-mastery, everything falls apart when it's time to go off book and do the blocking, nervousness starting to focus the minds, exhaustion gets people a little punchy, and suddenly the lights come up and the magic of theatre brings the whole thing together.
I try not to come in with any preconceived notions of what I'll write. I especially enjoy writing with specific actors in mind. In some ways, this feels like a more necessary kind of theatre, one that takes all of the artistic collaborators into account from the beginning. (I need to think and write more about this someday.)
When I meet the actors tonight, I will ask the following questions:
- What talents (besides acting) do you possess? Can you juggle, sing, play guitar, do cartwheels?
- Do you speak another language besides English?
- Are you a fast memorizer?
- What have you always wanted to do on stage?
- Can I take your picture?