I'll be directing a staged reading this June for the Orange County Playwrights Alliance. A comedy by Lynn Nelson called "Directing Hedda". It will take place at The Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills!
The Swan’s Song Theatre is about to close its doors if it can’t produce a successful play. Each of the two artistic directors have hired a separate director, independent of each other, to direct Hedda Gabler. The newly hired directors have conflicting styles - one is a classicist, the other a revisionist - and each of these two women have issues of their own. Most of the pre-cast show have fled to other productions except for the two female leads.
I anticipate a bit of a challenge since female directors are at the center of this story and I wonder how close it will hit to home. Also, a closing theater?? I can only image getting into tablework and giving the actors a first person account of the complex emotional experience of having to close your theater down!
I am currently looking to cast it, which is always an adventure. One of the odd things about doing theater in OC is having a lot of actors in your network, but often these opportunities can be a big favor. I think with so much going on here, it's pretty easy to get a gig (especially as a man) and holding out for something flashy or exciting is common. I am luck to have so many good friends who will answer a call for a project I'm doing. But there is ALWAYS some role that inevitably becomes an obstacle.
As soon as I have this cast, I'll post it. I'm also currently casting "CRIMSON" for OC-Centric and feel like I am SO close to being done.