Solo_peformance_rehearsalLogistically, this can seem complex. It’s good to set a date far enough into the future that you have time to prepare and make a great show. But it’s important you don’t make it so far away that it becomes an imaginary goal. Generally, one year is too much time to work on a show without putting it up. Three months is too little. 

Once you actually put your show on, you’ll likely want to take a step back from it, revise it, and then put it on again. In the software world, agile development is a method of taking things one step at a time, building immediately, and continually reassessing. Using agile development in the context of theater, means beginning faster, failing faster, and succeeding faster.  

I suggest you set a date three months from now for your first rehearsal and six months from now for your premiere. Give yourself one month to write & edit. One month to and work with a director. One month to rehearse. During the last month, invite a small group of friends to come to a living room and see a staged reading of your show, along with your director. 

Have your director ask for feedback from the audience, “What did you see?” “What did you hear?” “What worked?” “What would you like to see more of?”

Next up, we'll talk about finding a venue. Isn't this fun? Whee!! In fact, it's not the most fun part of being a comedian or a storyteller. But it's part of what one has to do until one reaches the level of success where people are doing it for you.


Alicia Dattner

Comedian and Creatrix Alicia Dattner is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning performer who loves to help others use the power of humor to transform their lives and write a new unfolding story for the world.


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