Although I have been a professional writer in a business context for many years, and am also
a published author of fiction, writing for the theatre is new to me, and Moving Parts has offered
me a very valuable learning experience.
Several months ago, I had developed a draft of my play, "Home Bodies," and we had a reading of
the play at my home (how appropriate!). The parts were read by friends of mine (some of whom had
been working in the theatre for many years, others of whom were dedicated amateurs), and the
audience was limited to myself, my wife and another couple. I learned a lot from that performance
and went back to work on the play.
A subsequent draft was read on October 15, 2006, by a group of actors associated with Moving
Parts, to an audience of about 30 people. The Moving Parts experience was valuable to me in two
First, the rehearsal was an excellent opportunity to get insights and input from actors who
were trying to define their roles, understand the motivation and the objectives of the characters
they were playing, and interact effectively with each other. I made some notes after the
rehearsal and changed one important line in the play (although I could see several areas that needed work).
The reading itself and the discussion afterwards (by the audience, as well as the actors)
provided many interesting comments and suggestions, which were uniformly friendly and
constructive. Clearly, any dramatic situation can move in a variety of directions, and everyone's
take was different. But there was a substantial body of agreement on some basic elements that
needed my attention.
A few days later, Stef even forwarded an e-mail to me from a writer who wanted to add another
observation. So the reading provided more food for thought -- and a lot of additional notes.
I enjoyed the Moving Parts experience very much. Stef and the cast were friendly, helpful and
positive, as was the audience at the reading. I'm going to use both aspects of the Moving Parts
experience to try to make "Home Bodies" a better play. And when we're next in Paris, I'd like to
offer it for a second reading.