I’m a writer. I love writing.
I’m a director. I really enjoying directing.
I’m a producer. I like producing.
Yes, there’s a distinct step-down there. Writing and directing unleashes the creative demon inside me in very different ways. Producing, well, that’s where the stress comes from.
And this week, four and a half months of preparation comes to fruition, which really feels like the world crashing down around me. Actually, I’m sitting by the ocean as I type and each of those waves reminds me of something else I must get done before the show date.
Here’s a last minute list:
seating arrrangment – in a black box modular setting and we are still working on configuration.
Promotion – yes, must sell those remaining seats. But luckily, tickets are going quickly.
FOH – Front of House – oh, this reminds me that I need to arrange front of house staff for each shows. Oops! Forgot this one.
Wednesday is bump-in day. All props, set pieces need to be transported. Then the massive task of rigging and focusing following our lighting plan. Then mic set-up and sound check. Then cues! NO! CUES!!!! It takes so long. Then adjust lights because the director wasn’t thinking ahead and got a new idea once he saw the lights.
Arrange food for the team. This is important.
And then technical rehearsal, and then our ONE CHANCE on-site dress rehearsal. Yes, we only get to perform in the venue once before the show date. It’s a massive challenge.
This, and more, is what I’m staring at this week, thus world-crashing-in felt appropriate.
Producing drama is the most work I’ve ever in any one task. But don’t get me wrong. It’s also the most rewarding. I love it all.
It’s going to be a great week!