Eugene also made a few great line changes which I think really streamlined the piece. We had been talking about that especially in light of the fact that he is working to expand the piece, that we can really take all of the information that is superfluous to just the scene. For example, in his outline of the larger play, the parents play a very large role. However they aren’t mentioned except once in the short. So for the sake of the clarity we removed that reference. But the choice was a hard one. It sat right in the middle of the “big reveal monologue” and was a powerful thing to say. But without any backstory to strengthen it, it seemed to take away from rather than enhance. I think he was pleased in the end with all the changes. I am honored that he takes my creative input seriously from a dramaturgical perspective.
The most unfortunate part of the process was the fact that I didn’t even get to see the final product! I went out of town for the beautiful wedding of my very good friend Beth Hardaway! (Congratultions Beth!) But I heard that everything went perfectly. You could hear a pin drop I’m told, and there was nothing but good feedback. So congratulations to the cast of Graduation, and thank you for a great experience.
I’m spending much of the rest of the summer in a bit of a personal retreat. I’m really trying to get my brand in order and treat myself like a real small business. (A real-live small business, not a really small business… you know what I mean.) I took a big step and am organizing all my old files. It feels good being able to work from a place of organization. I want everything to feel clean and focused and not strung together. I highly recommend doing this!
Hope everyone is staying cool!