The costumes are fitted. The props are set. The last rehearsal is over.
Now all that's left to make this thing a real live play is an audience.
Tonight is the world premiere of my newest play, The Last Radio Show. It's a fast-paced farce about KUKU, a struggling radio station in the 1940's, and the mysterious series of "accidents" that threaten to shut it down for good.
It's the first full-length play I've ever directed. It's been a lot of hard work, sure, but it was also a lot more fun than I ever expected, and you'd better believe I'll be back in the director's chair before the year is out.
The best part about directing is the people. The actors were a delight to work with, and even if they didn't always agree with my decisions, they injected so much of themselves into the characters that the play is a hundred times better as a result.
Of course, I couldn't have done any of this without the fabulous crew I was blessed with. They went above and beyond the call of duty, making sure that every costume, every prop, every set piece met my often nitpicky demands. They also played a huge role in improving the script, and my favorite part of the whole process was batting around ideas with them long after the actors had gone home for the night.
The show runs fours shows only at Black Box Theatre, 1367 Pecan Street, in Colorado Springs:
- 7pm, Thursday, January 14
- 7pm, Friday, January 15
- 2pm, Saturday, January 16
- 7pm, Saturday, January 16
The production even got a glowing recommendation from the Colorado Springs Independent.
Tickets for the two Saturday shows are going fast. To order yours, visit Brown Paper Tickets.