Palm Beach Dramaworks has scheduled two public previews of Billy and Me, my second play, prior to Friday’s opening-night performance. The first one takes place this evening, and we think we’re ready for it. Yes, there’s a bit more work to be done before the curtain goes up, but Bill Hayes, the director, liked what he saw at the final dress rehearsal on Tuesday, and so did I. If you’re coming to tonight’s preview, you can expect to see a well-polished production.
This isn’t to say there won’t be any bobbles. My guess, though, is that you won’t notice them: the lines are learned, the blocking down pat, and the show we’ll be performing tonight is the same one we’ll be performing on Friday, give or take a few minor adjustments. After four and a half weeks of unremittingly hard work, the time has come to light the candle.
I’ll be in the audience, double-checking my copy of the script to make sure that it incorporates all of the changes that we’ve made in the past few days. For the most part, though, I plan to sit back and enjoy myself. I hope you do the same.
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