It’s a curious thing, writing a script. Since receiving an artist-in-residency grant from the Margret & H.A. Rey Foundation for writing a first draft of a musical I’ve had in mind for decades, I have been working the script and songs. I started this last rewrite after a year hiatus.
It’s remarkable how characters tell you who they are. You try to make them one way, but they turn around, basically, blow smoke in your face, and tell you who they are. Quite uncompromising.
I’ve done enough writing to know the core of the work does reach a state of equilibrium – a place where the intense focus on rightness of time, place, speech and action can relax – but it can be a long, arduous (and invigorating!) journey getting there.