Casting is a huge component, so even before the first rehearsal if I've done a good job during the casting I'm in great shape. I come to the first rehearsal with a framework to give the actors. I know that this framework will change based off the actors' choices and needs, but if you provide some structure it gives everyone something to work with. I like to be open to what the actors instincts are telling them, because if I try to impose what I want it won't ring true. This cast has great instincts.
What do you find challenging about directing your section of BEYOND THERAPY?
I have the third section, so we have to give closure to all the antics of the first two sections. Also, the train is already moving, so the cast has to hit the ground running.
What makes directing this play fun?
I love the discoveries that are found once the actors put the work up on its feet. My cast is really talented - they are full of insights and open to playing with different choices.
What's your favorite line in the play?
"What kind of metaphor is becoming a bag woman?"