Initial Thoughts – Middletown

I am incredibly excited to kick-off the 26th season at OCT with Will Eno’s Middletown, an utterly charming exploration of the unseen and poignant connections that make life extraordinary in the most ordinary places. Middletown traverses paths from the library to the stars, from birth to death, and everywhere in-between. Eno is well known for his poetic…

Reflections: The Pillowman

Every time I sit down to write about this process, I become stuck. Maybe it’s the difficulty of reliving memories from the night before, watching characters–and people–I care about struggle so desperately. Or maybe my brain needs a break from all of the analysis, the pushing, the cheerleading, and the decision-making. Or maybe I just…

Director’s Note: The Pillowman

(Sorry if you expected to see this in the playbill; there wasn’t room for everything. But, hey, look! Notes!) Once upon a time, there were storytellers. And those storytellers were loved by all who came to hear them speak, for their words seemed to weave magic into the world, making everyday colors more vibrant, turning…

Dramaturge’s Notes: The Pillowman

Following is the complete essay from dramaturge Ian Goodrich on our production of The Pillowman. Enjoy! ______________ “The world is a story that it tells to itself.” I’m pretty sure that that’s a Terry Pratchett quote, but I can’t track it down. So maybe it’s mine? Probably not, and it’s not exactly the most original idea…

Lessons in Restraint – The Pillowman

We are off and running! Just over a week ago, the four leads and stage manager gathered for a read-through. Just one week ago, we completed casting. Now, three rehearsals into week #1, we are diving deep. The basic pieces are more or less in-place for more than half of the show. Blocking for both storybook scenes…

Fairy Tales and Nightmares – The Pillowman

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD. If you’ve not read/seen The Pillowman, it’s best to wait on reading this. Good friend, playmate, dramaturg and genius I.G. asks the best questions. Also, it helps that he loves this play and will help keep our choices intentional by asking the prickly questions. This week’s exploration: What are your thoughts on the fact that it’s a…

The Pillowman: Beginning

Well friends, the first round of casting is complete for my next project. I’ll be directing Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at Lane Community College this fall! My excitement level for this project is pretty high for a number of reasons. First, I love this play. McDonagh’s works–all of them–haunt you from first exposure, and this…