Process and Progress: Lighting and Timing
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For the past month or so I have been attempting to figure out why this paper is important. The work is done, the play has run, strike is over and the ghosts have left the building. The project has run its course, fairly successfully according to audience response. So, why is it necessary to explain what was done? Then I had a revelation, or at least a realization, that the doing is only one part of the theatre. Academic, community or professional, theatre is made up of two major parts: the process by which we work, and the progress we make in ourselves as artists. It is the later which makes the writing important. For the rest of my life (knock-on-wood) I will be working in the theatre, I will be an artist in my field. Art cannot be created without growth; and growth cannot occur without reflection and understanding. While I may not be required to write a paper for credit after every production in which I take part, reflection upon the production will always be required if I wish to continue to grow as an artist. To which I have determined that for this paper to have any relevance at all to the production of All in the Timing, and to my part in it, its purpose must be reflection upon both the process and the progress. What worked well, what didn't, what could have been more successful, where could I have done something different, and, in the end, what did I learn? All of the above questions relate both to the specific production of All in the Timing, and to my life in general, my work as a twenty-one year old student of the theatre. Now the question of import- what answers present themselves?