June 8, 1996

Today's auditions didn't turn up a male lead, though we read some talented actors. For the first time, we didn't give out scripts ahead of time: the actors who answered the Back Stage ad were handed script excerpts when they arrived and given fifteen minutes to study them. This method probably worked well enough, but a high percentage of the Back Stage actors weren't the right types for the role. Head shots don't tell you much.

I caught a bus to Pennsylvania tonight to scout locations, and took a script along to show my family. My mother was a little startled by the script's sexual content, and suddenly I became concerned that Wilkes-Barre, Pa. might not be ready for this project. Young urban types have been pretty unfazed by the sex on the whole, but Northeastern Pennsylvania is a whole other country. We'll see, I guess.

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