The show features five original one act plays based around the central inspiration of ‘harbingers’:
- <n.> A person or thing which signals the approach of something or someone.
- <n.> A sign of approaching.
syn.: Omen, Portent, Herald, Warning, Hype-man, Opening Band
i.e.: “Seeing Gerald’s bike in the entry is a harbinger of smelly-armpit doom.”
Many people are involved with the show; five writers partnered with five directors, and a dozen talented actors were cast to bring their characters and their stories to life. I got the chance to chat with some of them to get their perspectives on the various aspects of creating a show like this one. Tim Wick is one of the writers and also the Artistic Director for Fearless Comedy Productions, Kyle Dekker is making his directorial debut, and Jessi Goins is an actor featured in two of the plays.
What are you most excited for on opening night?
- Jessi: Opening night is always an adrenaline rush. It’s the night that proves that this is really happening and you get to be a part of it on a stage for others to enjoy.
- Tim: What excites me most is seeing how the audience reacts to a work. As a comedy writer, I’m trying to generate laughs but I’m also just trying to get a response of some sort. I want the audience to engage with the work. There’s a big wait between when you write something and when an audience finally gets to experience it and opening night is that moment when your work finally gets to live.
What has been the most challenging part of the process?
- Jessi: The most challenging part is the infrequent rehearsals. But that also makes it exciting because it pushes you to find your character and learn your lines in a short amount of time.
- Tim: For me, the most challenging part of this particular piece was the ending. I had a particular ending in mind but as I wrote, I found it didn’t really work with the characters I had created. Sometimes you have to let go of your first idea when a better one comes a long. That can be very hard to do.
How do you think you’ve grown from your involvement in this production?
- Kyle: As a first time stage director, I’ve learned that when you have a great cast, you can really trust them to have some great ideas and execute your ideas as well.
What do you think you’ll bring to the show that nobody else can?
- Kyle: I honestly have no idea, working on this show I’m surrounded by so many talented and funny people, that it’s just amazing watching their skills merge to something awesome. I do have a background in film, so perhaps that can bring something new to the way I approach a stage show.
How did your writing process differ for this production than it has in the past?
- Tim: Not a lot. I spend time thinking about the play before I put it to paper. When I think I’m really, I start hammering out a rough draft. Then, I go through several revisions. That was all the same. The only major difference was the length of the script, which was a little shorter than usual.
What’s your favorite moment from rehearsal?
- Jessi: My favorite moment so far has been… “BANG THAT GONG!” That and getting to work with two very different directors.
- Kyle: Kelvin Hatle’s face the first time he heard the gong used in the show.
How have your contributions to this production different from previous productions?
- Jessi: I have done mostly community theater and this is something completely different!
- Kyle: This is my first Fearless Production as a director. I have served as a writer, stage manager and actor in other Fearless shows, but this is my first time in the director’s chair.
Who is your favorite character in your play and what is it that you like about them?
- Tim: I like Kerry the most. I just enjoy characters that work against your expectations. I mean, she’s supposed to be a horny, clueless teenager. And she is horny. But she’s not clueless. The other characters expect her to be dumb and she is just the opposite. I enjoy writing characters like that.
We can’t wait to see the final product, and we can’t wait to see you there. We know you’re going to love what we have in store.