Playwriting

Chicken Road: Lindsay responds, before and after with some freaking out

This video incorporates my thoughts on “nerves” before seeing Chicken. Road.  in which I think I’m not nervous, which turns out to be a lie, and then my response to seeing the show – which turned out to be a presentation that not only was I unprepared for, I was totally blown away.

Transcript

Hello. I am here at Stratford Central Secondary School for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival and tonight is the premiere of Chicken Road, that’s a new play of mine being put on by Listowel District Secondary School and I had a long talk today with the director about nerves and was it nerve-racking bringing something that’s a little off-beat to festival.

And, for me, because I’ve workshopped the play, I’ve seen the play, in its infancy, I feel really, really confident about what’s going to happen. So, I’m not nervous at all.

The director was talking about how what’s nerve-racking for her is that it’s the unknown. You don’t know how the audience is going to react, you don’t know how the adjudicator is going to react, but what I found really, really inspiring by talking to the students beforehand, right after their tech, is that they seem excited-nervous rather than terrified-nervous, and that gives me a lot of confidence about how they’re going to do tonight.

So, okay, let’s go. Chicken Road. Bye!

Okay, I have totally changed my mind. I have sat through three shows, waiting for my show, and now, I’m officially freaking out. I am nervous. I’d love the show to go, I want it to go well, I want everybody to do well. Fingers crossed!

Okay, I have totally changed my mind. I have sat through three shows, waiting for my show, and now, I’m officially freaking out. I am nervous. I’d love the show to go, I want it to go well, I want everybody to do well. Fingers crossed!

All right. So, it is now the day after the Chicken Road premiere. These are the states of emotions that I went through watching the show and I’m still processing:

  1. Confusion
  2. Horror
  3. Understanding
  4. Liking
  5. Wonder

Every playwright should witness a production of one of their plays where they go through that vast range of emotions when seeing one of their shows. Its interpretation and vision is such a wonderful thing and I applaud Listowel District Secondary School for taking what was on the page and just lifting it up in a way that I didn’t expect and I’m not sure I could have got to on my own. And, now that I’ve seen this, now I’m like, “Well, what do we do? Do we leave the play as a blank slate? Do we incorporate some of this vision?”

It has nothing to do with the script. It has nothing to do with changing one word. It’s just about this wonderful vision and what do we do with it. And that’s it for that!

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Lindsay Price