When I first read the play Seminar, I was too young to play the teacher and too old to play any of the students. So I didn't have any aspirations for any of the roles, I just loved the play and humor. Years later, now tackling the the role of the teacher Leonard, I've discovered more parallels to my own experience as an artist than I care to openly admit. Leonard is a writer that has been through the "writing machine" and been spit out the other end. Older and wiser, he is searching for a way to validate his own life—make it all finally count for something—by passing on that experience to someone who can benefit from it. The problem is finding that person, but he may just have found it in his new crop of students.
The process of rehearsing a play is often a mixed bag. There's the pressure of opening night always coming faster than you expect balanced with the thrill of exploring a new character and discovering new things about him/her (oftentimes discovering things about yourself in the process). You are thrust into a situation with a group of other theatre professionals, likely all of whom you've never even met before. So there's also a process of human discovery in parallel as actors, director, and crew get to know one another. Everyone is united in accomplishing the impossible or unlikely. To quote Shakespeare in Love, "Allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster."
Seminar has had an amazingly short rehearsal period (just three weeks!) and without the amazing cast coming together and making the magic and laughs happen, we wouldn't have been successful. Break a leg and see you at the theatre!