It is just horrible how long it's been since I've written anything here. I've been busy with projects with tough deadlines, and yes, the latest theater project. So, what's that?
Well, now we're on "Titus Andronicus," and this has been by far the most difficult to edit. The style of the play is just very talky, with characters talking about things that happen offstage or explaining their actions (which often need explaining). If you cut too much, you risk making it incomprehensible, but if you don't, well, it gets tedious.
That's the heart of the problem--it's just not a great play. I kept trying to think if there was some theme that I could highlight and edit into sharper focus. But there's really nothing other than bloody revenge for revenge's sake.I think some people like it just for the simple glee of the blood and body parts. I find it a bit tiresome, though, and think most of the characters are pretty stupid. There really isn't a part for me in it, but we found one tiny bit that I could do. Then I found out, while researching the play, that that scene is almost always cut. I felt I couldn't in good conscious say I had made my best effort to edit it without cutting that part, so...for now I'm not actually in anything. We'll see if the director wants to put it back.