We spent the weekend going to see Jon’s play “Last Day at Maple View Farm”. It started on Thursday night and today is the last performance. It’s grouped together with a variety of other plays, so we’ve been immersed in theater and it’s been invigorating and inspiring. I think getting out and seeing it all and being around so many people has helped me get to a better place emotionally.
Jon’s play is a staged reading, which means the actors read from a script without sets. Most of the plays in the festival are works in progress. So with each performance they change. Lines are added or deleted, the actors work out how to deliver lines, move around the stage and interact with each other.
I’ve also been able to see how much the audience influences the performance. How the energy is passed back and forth between the audience and actors.
Even though this afternoon is the last performance, it’s not over yet. Jon is planning on adding on to the play to make it a full length production, David Snyder, the director is talking about adding music to it. This is how creativity works, how one thing leads to another. Now Jon’s writing plays, you just never know what will happen next.