|"UNDERWEAR!" We've all been there as a kid on Christmas. Laura Natusch, Andreas Halidis, and Nathan Pupillo|
With Christmas just two days behind us, I and six actors began rehearsals for NAUGHTY - a dark as coal new comedy by Michael R. McGuire about a string of bad Christmasses spanning four decades with me at the helm as director and co-producer. Two weeks and two days later we put the play up in the pub at The O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford. It was an amazing, rigorous whirlwind that resulted in a sold-out 4 performance run.
Whoo. It was exhausting and invigorating all at the same time.
|Santa drinks for free. Andreas Halidis and Jacob Kaeser|
|Christmas bell ringers and a giant old cell-phone = comedy gold. Felia Williams and Nathan Pupillo|
We rehearsed 4 hours a day, 6 days a week. In the end we made enough money to give some to the actors and the crew. That was cool. We are planning the rest of 2012 - and hope to be pulling together at least two more workshop productions like this one, and a whole bunch of readings of new work.
|Santa as therapist. Nathan Pupillo and Jacob Kaeser|