- Putting together an improv staged reading in 36 hours is doable, but at least shoot for 48.
- Concessions are a great idea. Even if you're doing a free show, at least have bottled water available.
- People really appreciate having cold water available to them in a hot space in the summer.
- Even improvs need rehearsals.
- When writing the script, it's easy to forget that the stage is empty except for what you put on it. Remember that while rewriting.
- Concessions should be profitable. You don't have to go movie theatre crazy with prices, but you can go higher than the bodega around the corner.
- Limit the props you need. Remember - you'll have to haul that shit if you want it in the play.
- When choosing concessions, go for cheap and non-perishable. Anything you gotta keep in the fridge is probably not a good idea.
- Insect repellent = good investment.
- If the schedule says 4:00, you're probably going to start by 4:30.
- Plan to go half an hour over time.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Write the script as though real people with real bodies have to pull it off in a real space.
- If non-actors with little rehearsal can make a script work, imagine what actors and rehearsals can do.
- Sexuality - even suggested sexuality - is way more intimate on stage than on screen.
- Perhaps the kink circus is a bit much.
- Actors should have a reason to be on stage. Don't force them to do nothing.
- Take a piss before the show starts.
- Stage lights are bright. Wear shades. Besides, it makes you look all artistic and hip.
- Stage lights are hot. Combine stage lights with summer weather and . . . yeah.
- "If you build it they will come."
- There is no such thing as an actor-proof script. Thank God.
- Make an effort to be inclusive. You never know who could rock the shit out of a role.
- Do not put yourself in the performer's and director's seat at the same time. Just. Don't.
- Kill your babies. Yes, that line was funny. Yes, that part sounds poignant, but if it doesn't work for the piece it has to die.
- Keep several versions of the script on hand. You never know if you said something better in a previous draft.
- You don't get what you don't ask for.
- Remain open to sudden changes.
- Ask questions. Especially stupid questions.
- Find the right people, and most of the work is done for you.
- If they're not getting paid, thank them.
- Everyone likes brownies.
- Actors love food. Feed them.
- You'll probably do this to yourself again because you love it. So stop complaining.
- You will be tired, but it's the good kind of tired.
- I'm only putting this here because I said I'd do 36.
June 3, 2010
36 hours, 36 lessons
This is gonna be pretty disjointed. Don't say I didn't warn you.