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The process of creating a show is full of tests and traps and hurdles and hopes. You try and pass the tests, avoid the traps, leap the hurdles and trust your hopes are not misplaced. And you do this while taking point for the team of actors, designers and crew that have placed their trust in you; trusting that you will pass, avoid, leap and lead them to a happy ending.
It’s a supreme act of ego that’s also paradoxically humbling. But for every hurdle that’s successfully leapt (leaped?) a little tension is released and you begin to believe that maybe you weren’t totally insane sinking money into an unknown script, a condensed rehearsal period and a truncated run.
All that to say: THE INNOCENTS cast completed their first off-book run tonight with the least number of line calls I’ve ever experienced. Hurdle leapt with air to spare. I will sleep well tonight.
And wake refreshed to face battling with the online suppliers who sent the wrong product, misquoted their sizes and downright scammed the description of a prop laptop! The bliss and despair of directing a play all in the course of four hours.