I always forget that actors like to act.
Tonight I had an informal living room reading of the play that’s going to be in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Since the BASH portion is only presenting an excerpt, I’m hoping that someone somewhere is intrigued enough to ask for the whole thing — so I wanted to hear the latest draft all the way through with actors.
Organizing this thing was easier than I’d imagined. In my mind, I’m asking actors to take one of their few nights off to come do me a favor. But it turns out actors actually enjoy having a chance to act. Who knew?
For the three main roles, I brought in Eric Hayes, Danielle Thys and Joe O’Malley (who’s currently playing Hamlet here). I totally spaced and introduced them to each other as if they hadn’t met, when in fact they were all in a piece done for the PlayGround that, um, I WROTE. You would think that might have occurred to me.
For the role of Thea, Joe brought his roommate: a fantastic actor and improviser named Lauren Pizzi. I’m starting to realize that the part was probably unconsciously written for an improviser. The actor playing Thea has to speak (and sing!) in a made-up, foreign-sounding gibberish. I was a mainstage improv guy for years and years; I guess I was drawing on that as I was writing the piece.
Anyway, the whole evening was a lot of fun. That’s why playwrights write, you know: so we can hang out and drink with actors.