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Mayfield Pre-Sears Festival: Part Two

Here is Part Two of our video talk with the directors of The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note and Tuna Fish Eulogy. I find it wonderfully amazing how articulate both sets of directors are. I’m more than twice their age and I’m a horrible mess when it comes to talking. And all these ladies have great theatrical instincts when it comes to directing – it was a real joy to watch both productions.

And I’m so thrilled to announce that Tuna Fish Eulogy was one of the plays chosen to move on to Districts! Congrats to the directors, cast and crew!

Transcript

Lindsay: Alright. Hello everyone, this is Lindsay and I’m very proud to be at Mayfield Secondary tonight to see two of my plays student-directed by two stellar teams…

Female 3: Hi, I’m.

Female 4: Racquel Russell.

Lindsay: Alright. So why did you choose the Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note?

Female 4: We really chose the play because it spoke to uson a level of a suicide scene that someone…it wasn’t directly tackling the subject but more talking about how someone reacts to learning that their friend is dealing with suicide.

Lindsay: Mm-hmm.

Female 4: And that’s something, especially here at Mayfield, that we’ve struggled with when someone has committed suicide…

Lindsay: Mm-hmm.

Female 4: …and we have to deal with the fact that they’ve done this act. So I really…we really enjoyed seeing…

Female 3: Yeah.

Female 4: …the different aspects there or the parts, the multiple dialogues coming out, especially seeing how the characters were feeling at different aspects. Like Dennis. We saw that Dennis never…for us, we didn’t like he totally dealt with the situation…

Lindsay: Right.

Female 4: …as did Lisa. So, I mean, like seeing those little ends because really it doesn’t all get solved in real life, like…

Lindsay: Yeah.

Female 4: …when suicide happens, there are things that are going to happen for a long time, you know?

Lindsay: That’s right. And what was the reaction of your… Well, how did your cast respond to dealing with this very difficult subject matter?

Female 3: They loved it.

Lindsay: Yeah?

Female 3: They loved the script. Right off the bat, we read the script, we’re like, “We’re going to kill it! I love the script! Yeah!” And they were so excited, and especially since a lot of our cast members, one day I asked them, “Who here has ever had anybody who’s been affected by a suicide or has like have any interaction with like the subject of suicide?”

Lindsay: Mm-hmm.

Female 3: And like a lot of them raised their hands. So like on a personal level, it goes deep…

Lindsay: Mm-hmm.

Female 3: …like for a lot of people in our cast, so I feel like they’re really proud and they really wanted to represent this show very nicely and get the topic out there.

Lindsay: Very nice. So how do you feel? You’re at the end now, the baby has been born. Have you ever directed before?

Female 3: No.

Lindsay: So what was it like the first time to see it all happening and it’s kind of out of your control, eh? You know? It’s happening. What did you feel?

Female 4: It was crazy.

Lindsay: [Laughs]

Female 4: It was a totally different thing, letting them just go up there and not falling around. I know the first night they did…

Female 3: Yeah.

Female 4: …and I was like, “Oh, are they going to be okay? Do they have their props are they gonna get onstage?”

Female 3: [Laughs]

Female 4: It’s like, you know, you have to let them go.

Female 3: I told Racquel that she was acting like a mother letting her child go to school for the first time.

Lindsay: [Laughs]

Female 3: “Racquel, we have to let them go. Just let them go.”

Female 4: Yeah.

Lindsay: Well, I hope that you feel really proud of your work, and you should be.

Female 3: We are.

Lindsay: Excellent. Thank you so much.

F. 3 and 4: Thank you.

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Lindsay Price