“You can change your life by refusing to believe your own lies.” ~ Miguel Ruiz
Erin Chandler invited Stacy Yelton and I to the first reading of her latest play Nervous Blood. We also had the chance to meet the equally talented, very kind folks who participated in the reading; Mark Austin (hat), Lucy Backer Cox, Martha Blioxem, Leslie Beatty, and Ryan Hastings (not pictured are Lucy Jones and Stacy Yelton). It’s been a long, long time since I’ve enjoyed a script reading. I find it a moving experience to hear dialogue spoken for the first time. The actors have a brief period in which to transform themselves into their characters. They’re not always successful, nor is the writing. But that’s the point: to hear the script and make adjustments. It helps shape the characters, what they do, what they may say to one another, and sometimes even change the direction of the story entirely. It’s a very interesting process to me. Erin has written a wonderful play full of excellent dialogue and deeply complex characters. What awesomeness to watch art in action, and how kind of Erin to allow me inside the circle. It was an honor.