So, a director walks into a bar….um, no.
Once Upon A Time….nah….
So, last Fall Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director of the Dell’Arte Company, called us. He was fresh from a reading of a brand new play at CalArts, where he also serves as Director of the California State Summer School for the Arts Theatre Program. “This play called The Lawn,” he said, “would be a great piece for Redwood Curtain, and I’d love to direct it. It’s offbeat, hilarious…and a little nuts. I think you’ll love it.” Since our collaboration with Michael in 2004 with Big Love was such a big success, both financially and artistically, we were eager to read The Lawn.
We did love it. We said yes. That was easy.
We contacted the L.A.-based playwright, Cody Henderson, who turned out to be a great guy. Arrangements were made, calendars were discussed, casting took place, and rehearsals began. Cody visited for a long weekend during the rehearsal process, working closely with the director and the actors. Great discussions (with pizza and beer) ensued. The company loved having him here to, as Michael put it, “focus the lens and deepen the understanding.” And to have pizza and beer.
We are proud to be the first company in the nation to produce this hilarious, quirky comedy. We are humbled to enjoy such a wonderful collaborative spirit with Michael and with other professionals from Dell’Arte.
Now it’s YOUR turn to be involved in this exciting collaboration. The play is not “finished” until the first audience experiences it. The playwright watches and listens to YOUR reactions, to YOUR laughter (or not), to focus subsequent revisions. Adjustments may be made. YOU become part of finessing and perfecting this play, for future productions by theatre artists.
So come on down to the theatre and view the Lawn: join us on this creative journey, and we hope you enjoy it. We’ve had a ball.