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First of all, it’s rare for any Theater Director to actually get to choose the play they direct. The programming of your ...
theater determines its character and audience, and jumping around too much in a vain bid to please everyone will only end up in alienation.
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How to Select a Play to Direct
On behalf of TVLesson.com, my name is Joseph Adler and I’m producing artistic director of GableStage in Coral Gables, Florida.
In this clip I’m going to talk about how you select of the piece you direct.
Now first of all, that’s very rare especially in the beginning for any director. We don’t often get a chance to select the piece. Many of us are “hired guns” we get called by artistic directors and producers and handed material. And in most cases especially at the beginning of your career, we rarely are able to say no.
So the question becomes how to get it enthusiastic about a play that you’re offered to direct and it’s surprising how easy that becomes even it’s if it’s a play that you wouldn’t ordinarily have chosen.
So what if you get the choice? Well, when you're fortunate enough to run your own theater or to have the opportunity to select the play, there are so many factors that go into making that decision. I’m lucky because I pick six plays a year. We do plays 12 months a year here so I get to not just pick the play but to pick the season.
And so I try to pick a play in tandem with the other plays that were preceded and come after it. I think the first play of the season is important obviously because you’re trying to build your audience for the entire season.
The last play is crucial because you want to make sure to get them back for the next season. And all other plays in the middle are dependent upon so many factors but I think the personal taste of the director play a big role in this.
And you know, even though you may pick place that our period plays that a classics plays that are new plays, there is some commonality I would think and that’s probably up to the critics and others to be able to find but I do think skitsofrantic programming is the biggest mistake that directors or theaters can make.
By that I mean you know, if you pick a season and you’re looking to sell to subscribers that entire season, when you bounce around from a play that will please this group but not that group, to a play that will conversely pleased the other group but not you’ve wined up pleasing no one.
The one who came for the first one hates the second one and there on it goes. And that’s very detrimental to the process for any regional theater that is trying to build an ongoing audience.
On behalf of TVLesson.com, I’m Joseph Adler, thank you for watching.