I’ve spent this month sharing true-life director’s tales about “stuff” that happened to me while seated in the director’s chair. All of this, to encourage you to check out my latest Revell comedy, The Director’s Cut.
Today I’m going to share a story that still sends a shiver down my spine! About a year ago I directed Zaney Muldaney, On the Road to Kingdom Come, (an allegory similar to Pilgrim’s Progress). Our “Zaney” (the lead character) had hundreds of lines to memorize, (far more than any other character in the show). She did a fantabulous job!
However, something happened about a week before the show that almost became our undoing! Zaney got appendicitis! Yep, with just six days before opening night, she had to be hospitalized for surgery to remove her appendix.
What a strange a funny memory, thinking back to the day I visited her in the hospital. Silly girl! She was more concerned about the show than her own surgery! Honestly, I knew (in my knower) that she would be fine. And I leaned on that old adage: “The Show Must Go On!”
We put another girl in her place for the tech rehearsals, but come dress rehearsal, there she was–our now-healthy Zaney–up on the stage, doing her thing (and doing it brilliantly, I might add).
What does this have to do with The Director’s Cut? Everything! Tia, the Stars Collide Director, faces chaos when Kat (the lead actresses) unexpectedly goes into labor while on the set of the show! She wonders if the show will go on. . .but it does (of course).
Maybe you’ve faced that inevitable question: Will I be able to go on. . .or won’t I? The answer is, “Yes! You will!” Add a hefty does of humor to your situation and you’ll overcome it in no time!