MONKEY SCI-FI HORROR THEATRE is now closed. Directing Dead Manâ€™s Party was a completely new experience for me, having never directed before. Granted, I had always wondered if I would be a good director, but until the Monkeymen approached me, I had never really though seriously about directing.
All in all, I think I learned a lot. I donâ€™t know that I am a particularly strong director. I approached this particular show without a strong vision for the show. Rather, my approach was pretty simple: I just wanted to be clear about the story. Not that this is a bad thing, but I think perhaps a stronger â€œvisionâ€ for the show would have helped. Additionally, I donâ€™t think I was very good at expressing what I was looking for, nor am I completely certain that my notes were very helpful. That said, the Monkeymen (and all the other performers) were good about it, and didnâ€™t complain.
The performance space was the backroom of the Imperial Pub, on Dundas in Toronto. Not a traditional performance space by any stretch of the imagination. It presented some interesting challenges. Hereâ€™s a 180 degree panorama of the space, before we set it up as a â€œtheatreâ€. Click (as the kids say) to embiggen).
Iâ€™m certain that I could become a stronger director with practice. Iâ€™m not entirely sure that I want to do it regularly, though. I think Iâ€™d rather remain focused on performing.
Now that Iâ€™m done with Zombies (not that Iâ€™m completely done with zombies. After all, the zombies could rise at any time, and we must all be vigilant), its on to Out of Character, a Bring your Own Venue for the Toronto Fringe. Well, Fringe and some Keystone Theatre planning. Looking at my June schedule, I am seeing that Iâ€™m doing one or the other almost every night of the week. Its going to be an exhausting month.