7/22/2014 4:27 AM
I have directed this play before with great success. had to revise some of the "stage directions" because of some limitations where the venue was. But that did not detract from the script or the fun of the joy of the play. And the cast and the audience had a great time. Plays like Tartuffe is another example of audience enjoyment. i have done dramAs like Jean Cocteau's "An Eagle Has Two Heads"" when I had to play the Queens in my own production because the actress felt she could not manage the very long first speech the Queen had to deliver which was the whole of the first act. If you know the play- rarely done- it is a very powerful play. But for me as a Director and actress, i have three goals. To remember and find out about the person who wrote the play, to think of how the audience will be feeling after they have seen it, and most of all the actors. I listen to them and if thy want to try out something, I let them- if it does not work for after all a play has to has to be a (Whole) I say no, but I have always found that to be a director is not to be a dictator. So i abide by the three "A's" Author, Audience and most important the Actor.I have never ever done a scene yet - out of context of the written work by doing something that would in anyway offend even one member of an audience. All I can say is, as an actress and director. Our job is very important.
To be truthful to the written work, and leave the audience fully satisfied with your production, and for the actors to know that they have done an excellent job, and know from the audience that they have. Comedy done well is a joyous thing. Years ago, and some may remember this. Lucille Ball- I heard her decades ago in an interview she gave, being asked how she got away with some of the things as a comedian she did. Her answer was," By believing what I did was normal, and for real." We need happy shows amidst all the guns and the killing etc, especially on the T.V. And please also to be careful of music. Words need to be heard and not drowned by the music.
Good wishes to all directors.
Sincerely, Grace Rorke.