|Eventually you're going to have to stand up in front of an audience and defend it. You might as well like it.|
Don't do any show you're ashamed of.
That's it. If you follow that one piece of advice then half of the battle is done for you. What does that mean? I'll give you an example from my own life. I feel that every time I do a show if I can't call everyone I know and tell them to come out, or ask all of my friends to be in it, and if I can't come home and tell my girlfriend and my grandmother all about it then I shouldn't be doing it.
I know this because when I first started a theatre company there were a couple of shows that had problems with content and nudity. I didn't want to tell the members of my church or my boss about it. I didn't want to stick my neck and ask my friends to be in it. I and several of my of my actors weren't going to be telling our parents to come. What was the problem? I was so busy not wanting to be associated with that kind of show that I wasn't promoting it the way I should. I was so hoping that I wouldn't have backlash from my day life that I wasn't trying to make it the show that it needed to be. I was just trying to survive it and because of that the shows became a wreck.
This isn't a no nudity or content thing it's a passion thing. If you're not passionate enough about the show that you're not willing to put everything you have in it and put your reputation and your name behind it then you shouldn't be doing it. 27 Days, a play I've talked about numerous times before on this blog talks about loads of sexual and criminal things that people might get their dander up about but I would go to the mat for the play in a heartbeat because I'm dedicated to the mission and the cause of the play. I'll invite everyone in the world to come see it and I'd put my reputation as a theatre person on the line because of it.
That's the difference. That driving passion. If when you get up in the morning you're only trying to get this show "over with" instead of "in front of people" call everyone up and cancel it now because it won't be any good. And you're saving yourself a lot of heartache and pain. Because theatre takes more than just a "want to". It takes a "must do". Without that...you're just spitting into the wind.