I am pleased to announce that I will be directing Punk by Michael Harris at Arc Theatre’s 10 minute play festival, arciTEXT 2015. The theme for the festival is mortal sin and an eclectic group of 12 plays have been selected to be produced this April.
Punk centers on a heterosexual man’s attempt to infiltrate a prison unit for gay and transgendered inmates. The piece is loosely based on an actual unit in the Men’s Central Lockup in downtown Los Angeles. It’s quite a progressive endeavor for a large and historically violent prison.
The production is cast and we have already had a first read and discussion. The piece will be presented along with the other 11 plays on April 11th and 12th at the Frontier Theatre in Chicago.
Speaking of the first read: one of my favorite activities is discussing and parsing a new play with a playwright and actors. I love sitting around a table and dissecting the play’s world while asking tough questions that gets blood flowing. It gets even better when we move into blocking and building the world physically onstage. As a director, I strive to never let go of this creative, world-building ideal in my process. It is rewarding both in process and product.