First run-through of the show this afternoon ... if you can call it that. Depends on whether hearing me call for line for entire scenes counts, but I was at least able to prove to Ali, Kelly and myself that I hadn't been sitting on my hands during the holidays.
I just asked bluntly what they thought should be cut, and was grateful they didn't each have a list of things at the tips of their tongues. I will be (I hope) getting up early tomorrow to rewrite one or two scenes.
It is hard being playwright and performer - the actor must commit to the words, the playwright must remain open to changing them. I think I know what I need to do.
MR. ABRAHAMS - Pengo's 12th grade teacher waxes philosophical about Forster's THE MACHINE STOPS. It's an important scene, my 12th grade English teacher was/is a serial marathon runner, and several of his comments about running stuck with me. Shame I was never in track, he could have been my coach.
SKETCHING - Everything in its right place. Blathering is fun, but show some restraint, boy.