Rehearsing for the Zoo

The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.


I had the two best male actors on campus in my production of Zoo Story by Edward Albee. I had the two best male actors on campus and for the most part I didn’t know what to do with them. I wasn’t a real director. I didn’t have any real directing experience. I was a writer and I was trying to prove that I could direct as well. I probably should have just stuck with writing but Prok and Jason made the production work.

I’m trying to think of some specific memories from the rehearsal process. I probably have a notebook somewhere that has notes about it. I don’t know where that notebook is at present.

Jason played the crazy one. Prok played the sane one. There was a bench. I chose to fade the lights down while bringing up a song by The Cure (Trust). I was directing the play while my band was getting pretty serious and the play suffered because it didn’t have my full attention.

Jason and Jason played a joke on me once where they said they were quitting and I took it too seriously. They actually had to perform CPR.

I’m kidding about that last part.