I'm glad to say that our production of "Titus Andronicus" opened last weekend, which means that I am DONE with it (I was just asst director, not in the cast). It's a difficult play under the best of circumstances and we never had the best of circumstances. There were a number of productions either performing or in rehearsal at the complex (that's what I'll call it now that we have two theaters), and somehow we were the one that always got shunted to the side. The Saturday before we opened we weren't even able to get into the theater because it was booked for several kids' ballet school performances of "The Nutcracker." No one told us this until three days before, so the day we should have been doing final run-throughs before tech, we spent cleaning the theater for the kids shows. Then we had all kinds of problems getting pieces for the set built--basically, the cast had to do it at the last minute, some people staying all night to work on things (uh, not me--I'm not the one you want handing a saw at 3 in the morning). When we finally got into tech, we had problems with the lighting. Arrgh.
This will never be my favorite production I've ever worked on (though I am a great admirer of the super professional cast who put up with all the problems with more grace than anyone could have asked for). I don't love the play, for starters, and I wish we had had more time to work on, well, acting. But it was a learning experience, and I'm glad I was involved. Now all we need to do is recapture the magic of some of our earlier work. Oh, and that should hopefully require a choice of material with a part for me.
End of the year coming...I will have lists coming soon! Not just end of year, but end of decade! Yikes! where have you gone, Y2Ks?