……and I can feel the tangents wanting to take off and create something new. This is exciting to me, because it means that this play has a lot to say, that there’s more depth to it than I had originally anticipated. But because these tangents are too nebulous and without form, I’m making them wait until this revision is finished.
I know, I know, I’m being terribly mean to these tangents. I mean, they only want to help my Ancient Greek comedy become something truly magnificent.
And I can’t argue with that, because I want the same thing. Still, this revision has to happen first and then the tangents can come in and do as they please. If it makes anyone feel any better about it, I write these tangents down to remember them. That is, if there’s something solid enough to write down.
In any case, I’m delighted to see characters that I’d written out make their way back in, One character has regained his speech after I took it away from him. Issues that I have strong ideas and feelings about are working their way in, which is only right. Theater, and the arts in general, are about exploring ideas (good, bad, ugly) and politics and feelings. The arts are here to make us think, not just make us feel. There is something at work within the confines of this play that I can’t readily identify, but it’s exciting to me.
And that’s a very good thing.