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Peel me an Onion – The Brave New World of Directing

27 Jul

Tomorrow begins the last weekend of Onion Man Production’s July Lakeside plays, the second of three 10-minute play festivals produced in their new space in Chamblee. I’m especially connected to this set though, because it was my first foray into directing.

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Don’t have the production photos yet – so enjoy this shot I snuck during dress rehearsal.

You really can’t ask for a better way to get your feet wet on anything new in theatre than a short play. The elements of the set were already in place as prescribed by the parameters of play submission, so I really go to focus on coaching the acting. I was also lucky to get a very well written piece by Arika Larson – a family drama with the unlikely name of “SodaPop.”

I couldn’t be more proud of the actors in my show, Jerry Jobe and Crystal Robertson. With things like new work showcases, so much depends on who you get for auditions. I ended up with two folks who are crazy-talented, super easy to work with, and can take direction like nobody’s business. Which is good because half the time I didn’t know what I was trying to say (and the other half of the time I was probably saying it annoyingly).

I’m very happy with the way it turned out, and it’s been an audience favorite every night (which is saying a lot for a heavy drama dealing with dead pets and missing children). If you’re in the Atlanta area, do yourself a favor and come see the show. These guys deserve a good audience and you deserve a good time. Thursday – Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3:00, tickets at onionmanproductions.com. Tell them I sent you for the industry discount!

And now for something entirely different – in the August set of Lakeside Plays, I’ll be directing a show about a man and a talking fish. So that should be fun.

See you at the lake!