by Dave

Word has been trickling out that we're working on a new show, and when people find out that it's gonna be in late October, they invariably exclaim, "That's so far away!" or "Why so long?" or, "Who are you? Back off, creep! This is pepper spray!"

Suffice it to say, we need to start at least this early to fully prepare for one of our shows.

Writing is where it all starts. While acting is interpretive, and directing is a good combination of interpretive and creative, writing is purely creative in the true sense of the word. Michael Stipe of REM once said, "You can't polish a turd". So true. You can't polish a turd, and you sure the hell can't turn a turd into an entertaining stage production. Directors don't like working with turd. Actors don't like reading turd. Audiences don't like watching turd because it isn't entertaining. It just sits there, steaming, and being brown and full of corn. First priority at this point in the game is to come up with tight, entertaining material that is not turd.

A play becomes exponentially harder to produce as it gets longer. A 40 page play is not twice as hard to write and stage as a 20 page play. It is four times harder. I say this because I am rigid and unyielding and can only perceive the world in terms of finite numerical values. A 40 page play is exactly four times harder to produce than a 20 page play. If we ever meet, please don't argue with me about this. I won't take it well.

This is how precisely Dave sees sees the world. And while we're on the subject, he'd like to let you know that he is exactly 3.2 times more satisfied with his life than you are.

For this reason, we have chosen to go with a series of one-acts and short plays, instead of a full length piece. At this point, the scripts are coming along nicely, and some of them will be getting a test run in front of an audience at the public reading on May 23rd. Once the scripts are finished, the final stories can be selected, a show can be developed around them thematically, visually, and artistically, actors can be cast, sets can be built, and everything everything everything. But before all that, we need to finish and tighten up our scripts. And that's where we are right now.

On the topic of page count: The idea of a ProperGander produced full-length play is under development. For now, tho, we are more concerned with pulling together a show of several tight, entertaining stories, not a full-length, 90 minute turd with peanuts in it.

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