Directing my short play "Dot Dot Dot"
Well! It was a busy few weeks.
A quick recap: My short play "Dot Dot Dot" — a comedy about how digital communication (aka iPhone "I'm typing" bubbles) can have disastrous consequences for our "real" lives — was accepted into Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Summer 10-Minute Play Competition in June.
(I wrote the first draft of "Dot Dot Dot" last September during my Daily Slog — the month I wrote 30 short scripts in 30 days.)
Instead of finding a director I, uh, decided to direct it myself. It was my first time! And it was great! I found two wonderful actors, Manu Menon and Ines Storani, who brought the characters to life. We skated through the first round, then the semi-finals, and became finalists alongside six other short plays. This also meant our original run of two shows became six, and suddenly I was able to see how much plays can develop and unfold over time.
We didn't win, but, honestly, I'm just glad to have a seat at the table.
Ultimately, this was about pushing my creative limits (and making the audience feel uncomfortable with long silences, because that's how it feels to wait for someone to text you back).
This little experiment also revealed the incredibly strong support system I have in New York. Not only did my insanely talented friend/former coworker Donna Rickles design us a beautiful and clever program literally overnight, but over the course of six evenings, I got to see 40 (!) of my closest friends and family, all of whom trekked over to 42nd Street to sit in a dark theater and watch and sometimes laugh at a thing I wrote. Nothing could make me happier.
This experience gave me exactly what I wanted. And now, on to the next.
...dot dot dot...