Choose 2 tips from section 1 of Notes on Directing and respond to them in terms on your own approach to texts and your own manifesto/experience/goals/work.
7. Learn to love a play you don't particularly like.
I have had to work on plays in the past that I didn't really care for, either as an actor or a crew member. I always was told to find one thing about the production to like so that i had something to look forward to every time I went to rehearsal or a show. Sometimes it was a scene, a single line, a character, an element of the set or a costume piece, often it was the performance of another actor, or just the act of collaborating with the group or a few people. As a director I want to produce works that excite me and that I have a passion for creating. I know, however, that I will not always be that lucky. In those cases where I am not passionate about a play I know that I am going to have to find something, at least one thing, to love in a show. Often I've found that the one thing I really like in a production allows me to find a perspective on the show that I like. The one line or scene can allow for a new interpretation on character or plot that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.
8. Identify the story's compelling question.
This tip is asking the director to find what we have been calling the major dramatic question. I love how a play can be boiled down to one question and that the action of the play will answer it. In my work with play analysis this has been one of the first things I have been asked to find. For the plays I am looking at for this class, the questions are fairly obvious, but finding the right one can be difficult. I am excited by the fact that one question, or one small factor can influence and create your entire interpretation of a play.