|Patrick Curran, Philana Mia, Cassie Back, David Anzuelo|
|Jessica Bauman, Rachel Carpman, Bethany Ford|
We had a final public reading of the script on Saturday afternoon, for an audience of about 50 people. (Kudos to them, by the way, for being so responsive and attentive.) I felt like the reading really kicked ass. The actors were sharp and the audience seemed to really follow the play and the emotional roller coaster of it. Most of all, it was gratifying to pack the script back up, after we had so thoroughly unpacked and disassembled it, and find out that not only did it still work, it actually worked a lot better than it did before.
I'm grateful to the entire staff of the Huntington for putting this Summer Workshop series together and giving four playwrights the chance to really get elbow deep into their plays, to try to find out how they work and how to improve them. Thanks to Lisa Timmel, Charles Haugland, and Bevin O'Gara for getting the funding and making it happen, and to line producer Rebecca Bradshaw for running the workshop.
Now I need to keep making a few more changes to the script and find a way land a full production of it. Some questions about a script can only be answered with a full production.