Not everyone is clean-cut and easy to deal with. Some people are just downright dirty, inside and out. If you’ve read The Director’s Cut, you know that Tia’s father is a piece of work. For that matter, so is her younger sister. Her brothers aren’t much better.
Life gives us plenty of opportunities to deal with “messy” people, doesn’t it?
As a theater director, I’ve had my share of messes–some onstage, others off! One of my most memorable on-stage messes happened during “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Remember that character of Pig Pen? Well, someone got the idea that our Pig Pen should add baby powder to his dirty clothing so that he would “permeate the air” with a cloud of dust. It worked…and then some! At one point he slapped his thighs and a cloud of dust filled the air! Thick dust! Gag-you-where-you’re-sitting dust. After the dust settled (figurative and literally speaking) Pig Pen finally stopped laughing long enough to deliver his lines.
That’s kind of what happens in Tia’s case, too. She realizes that the “cloud of dust” created by her family will dissipate, if she doesn’t give up on them. By the end of the story the dust has settled, and the characters are all in a great state of mind!
If you haven’t read The Director’s Cut, this would be the perfect time! Let me know what you think about those “messy” characters!