8. Hold Your Fire: Tom(boy) Sawyer Interaction
“Hold your fire —
Keep it burning bright
Hold the flame
‘Til the dream ignites —
A spirit with a vision
Is a dream with a mission.” (Rush)
Tom(boy) Sawyer is starting the third weekend of performance. The air conditioning is fixed…the actors are sharp, the audience is attentive.
One of the perks of working in a small space is the direct interaction with the audience–their closeness to the action. And, you can see and talk to people as they exit the theatre lobby. It’s much easier to understand how the play works when there is a clear response–during the performance and after.
We will be doing a new play reading next week–it’s like going back to the beginning of the process of interacting. Will the words’ rhythm feel right? Will there be laughter? Discoveries? Writing a play feels like a lonely monologue before the dialogue begins with the actors…and it may be a long time until this new play gets an audience’s response.
But tonight…the audience is listening!