The only real problem with writing as much as I do is that while some pieces gain productions, there are many more that never get the chance to be tested. STAGED READING is one of those pieces that I always wanted to see done but never had the chance to. I moved on to something else without giving it a fair shake. The happy result being that its premiere at the Midtown International Theatre Festival was well received, due in no small part to the efforts of Chris Triebel, Kaitlyn Huczko, Andrew Dunn, Cindy Kay, Joe Ferraro, and Nicole Stoica, with welcome help from Drew Florida and our board operator, whom I will name as soon as Drew tells me how to spell his name correctly.
Revisiting something I wrote before the Actors Studio got their hands on me, and seeing how well it worked, is a treat, especially since all my performers, and my director, are and were part of the same program. It was like seeing an old friend, and reminding yourself of who you used to be, without suggesting an unkind word toward who you have grown into.
Not knocking what I gained from the Actors Studio at all. Any education I have received has led me down some interesting paths, and if anything, allows me to tell a story in a variety of ways, whether it be with clowns discussing heady issues, or slapping a hapless actor with yogurt (Sorry, Joe). It's Theatre, people. It's alive, feverish, long or short, funny or not, a place where people can still get away with murder, as long as it holds an audience's attention.
Best part, when all is said and done, you get to hang out with the people who brought something collectively to life, and if everyone did their job, then it is cause for celebration. It's an incomparable joy, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.