I’ve begun to go through the show – line by line – to make much needed edits. I love this part of the process. This is where I get to read the show from cover to cover and ask myself a very important question: What were you thinking?!? I can’t tell you how many times I read a line and ask myself that! Don’t get me wrong, there are parts of the show that I pat myself on the back for but there are some tragic writing moments as well.
This part of the process usually only takes me a week or so. I’m sure other writers go over their plays more than that, but I’ve found that the more I go through a play the more I change things to something I never wanted. So, I give myself a week or two to go through it and cut and change and move stuff. Then I wait … for someone else to read it. I’m hoping to have a reading of the musical before we cast this summer. Usually a reading is the best way to really hear and understand your piece, but nothing about this process has been usual. I’m under a deadline here!
My goal is to have some friends do a quick reading when I head back East in a few weeks. Then we will audition and cast the show in August.