Today has been a day of decisions. Immediately after breakfast we had an early production meeting to learn the final decisions of our slate made by Tim and Jacque Troy, our Artistic and Literary Directors. Our evening will consist of 4 wonderful student written plays, Sitting with Strangers, Down the Drain, Stiff, and Tick Tock. Playwrights were quickly escorted out of the room in order to choose their directors. Once we were alerted of these decisions, directors met with playwrights to cast the shows. We then discussed various developments and helped assign more specific roles in order to avoid conflicting with rehearsal schedules.
Then we moved on to the very daunting task of deciding on a name for our evening. After a lot of discussions and emotions we decided on the name Thresholds: A Celebration of 10-Minute Plays. We feel this title fully captures the theme of our production. Each play spotlights a relationship that is on the brink of change, both good and bad. This change acts as a threshold to the future of the characters.
After lunch we all hopped in the Lawrence University vans and traveled to nearby Sturgeon Bay. We were very fortunate to meet with the Co-Artistic Directors and Education Director of Third Avenue Playhouse. They shared insight with us about what it's like creating a theatre company, as well as operating in Door County during the cooler months. They also explained how they went about starting their company, as well as the different challenges they faced with their building, their budgets and theatre making. The shared awesome hands-on marketing strategies that reinforced all the community outreach we are attempting in this short time span. The three of them were great fun to talk to and gave us excellent things to think about moving forward with the company. Their production values and aesthetic goals of their shows mirrored what many of us have had in mind for our company, and it was wonderful to see that there's an interest in that type of art here.
Tonight we divided the remaining production roles (stage managers, sound/costume/props design, dramaturgy and others). After all of the production elements were decided, it was time to begin rehearsals! Each play got to do a first read through with the cast, directors and playwrights together. Everyone is getting excited about being able to begin the work on the theatre side of this project- which is the reason we're all here!