By tsjones16, Aug 14 2019 07:12PM
This past weekend I spent 8 (intense) hours directing a staged reading of a new play by John Toussaint titled "Raza", a aburdist comic tragedy musical about lynching.
It's safe to say I've learned ALOT of lessons from working on this piece. Alot of lesons about myself as an artist and human that I am still unpacking (and frankly unsure if I will ever be done unpacking). Because I am a person who has more questions than answers usually -- the question that rises to the surface out of this experiene is "How do we hold ourselves responsible for the work we create and put out there?" As producers & artists, sometimes we are so preocupied with wether we can put on a show, that we don't stop to think if we should. Maybe it's time we start to think and upack that? I know I haven't finished unpacking it.
The golden nuggets that I have taken away/been reinforced from this experience are:
- There is always enough time to do the right work. ALWAYS.
- ActionTheater Work will never be valueless in emotionally high circumstances
- Readings are to bring the playwrights ideas and script to life
- In 8 hours you can get what needs to be done completed, but it is not condusive to a collaborative script or process. If you are looking to change the scrip and edit a script, it takes a workshop.
Raza - Jumoke McDuffie-Thurmond
Belladonna - Rachel Godfrey
Paps - Peetie McCook
Melony - Katie Grindeland
Black Chorus - Lorraine Kanyike
White Chorus - Gabriel Graetz
Stage Directions - Ma'chel Martin Jr.
Directed by Tonasia Jones
Play by Jonah Toussaint