DIRECTING

APPLE SEASON
by E.M. Lewis
NJ Rep, Long Branch, NJ

We did significant rewrites and restructuring for this world premiere. Because it was a small stage and we needed to feel we were at an apple farm, I decided that projections would facilitate our ability to be in many other places in both the past and the present. The design team helped use a tiny stage in the most creative way.

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GEORGIA AND ME
by Sarah Ford
Various Theaters in MA and TX

What an amazing journey! As Sarah Ford's director/dramaturg, I worked in depth with her to craft a play about Sarah and Georgia O'Keeffe and the struggle for creative women to find and grow their artistic spirit. We were thrilled to win best solo show at the Midtown International Theater Festival for Georgia and Me.  

 

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STICK FLY
by Lydia R. Diamond
Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA

I was keenly aware of my responsibility as the first (and possibly only? ) white director of this play about people of color and means. I addressed this head on at the meet and greet. I spoke about the parts of the play that are not just universal, but spoke specifically to me, and gave direct examples from my life. In rehearsal, one of my actors asked me a question about a tricky moment. In answering her, I brought up my thoughts on the back story and other things from my research and my gut. I was beyond gratified when another actor listening nearby said, "Praise the Lord, a director who does her homework." Who needs a Tony?

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KING O' THE MOON
by Tom Dudzick
Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA

      I had no Fight Director, but was able to stage some funny girls fights.

Playwright Tom Dudzick said, "I have to say it was the funniest of the many times I've seen it staged, while still looking very real and natural, the way I remember young girls cat-fighting. You must have brought some memories of personal experience to that scene."

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THE MIRACLE WORKER
by William Gibson
Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA

Again, with no fight director or associate, I worked with my young actress, Brittany Andrea, on sensory deprivation. She experienced fear, and learned quickly how important her arms and hands were to her safe. While rehearsing the adults in a scene, I still had to keep an eye on Helen in another part of the stage to make sure she didn't slip out of deaf/blind behavior.

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THE RIDE
by Danny Eaton
Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA

I directed this dramatic musical about motorcycle vets traveling to the Vietnam War monument in D.C. It was written by the AD of the theater, and it was my first time working with him. No pressure! Oh and the bikes drove onto the small stage! We did three complete script re-writes. Initially there was no scene at the wall. I suggested projections, which could only come from the front. Because of that, we had the names of those who died on the backs of the men who bore that burden as they continued to live.

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THE 39 STEPS
by Patrick Barlow
Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA

Having returned to directing with the multi-character, two actor STONES IN HIS POCKETS, I felt THE 39 STEPS was its zany, frantic cousin. We had the support of props and silly costume changes, but the real challenge came when the theater had to install a new fire exit right before tech, taking away my primary "in one" stage wing! I had only 5 hours to re-stage ON PAPER, all furniture moves and cast entrances! A task as tricky and hectic as the play itself.

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by J. B. Priestly
Majestic Theater, West Springfield, MA

The expressionistic version of this play was first performed in Russia when Priestly couldn't get it produced in post-war London. Following in the footsteps of the '90's Broadway production, I was supported by another amazing set by Greg Trochlil and lighting by Dan Rist.

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STONES IN HIS POCKET
by Marie Jones
Gloucester Stage and Stoneham Theatre, MA

This was my first SDC directing gig. Two Actors, 13 roles with no costume changes to help. I was lucky to get two Irish actors: The brilliant Derry Woodhouse and Ciaran Crawford, so I didn’t have to worry about the different accents! Ciaran was a skittish auditioner. I brought him back in the room about 8 times. Finally, exhausted, he surrendered to the material and showed me what an amazing choice he would be. We went from ¾ thrust to proscenium with only a day to re-stage. I later directed Buzz Roddy and David Freidlander in another production at my home base: The Majestic Theater.

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