Thursday, July 17, 2008

Conversation Rejoined

Mr. Miller at the Barksdale Blog, once again showing his fabulous mensch-ness (?), has weighed in on some of the conversation that was going on here a few days back. For those who are late to the show, here's a link to some of the comments that were going back and forth.

1 comment:

Richard St. Peter said...

I'm back! I couldn't let top notch tech crew guy Steve Koehler do all the commenting. It seems like this argument happens everywhere, even in New York. There is always someone whining about so and so always being cast and how they never get a chance. Sorry, theatre ain't a democracy and never will be. It will always be the director/theatre perogative on who they cast. And it is quite subjective...there are Richmond theatre "stars" that I believe can't act their way out of a paper bag and I would never use them. There were actors I used in Richmond that I know other directors (and actors) thought were terrible but I enjoyed working with them. It is entirely subjective. There are "actors" in Lexington that I can't stand to be in the same room with but if one of my directors wants them for a role and firmly believes they are the right person for that role, then they get cast. It's just the way it is and probably always will be, and its not just in theatre. Look at Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio in film, look at the Joss Whedon actors on TV...people naturally gravitate to who they feel comfortable working with. It is stressful enough even in the best of circumstances and you want to remove as many variables as possible. At least that is what I believe...

Ah, it's good to be back!

Peace
Rick