The staged reading of Can’t Live Without You that was held last night was the first time I’d heard the play read outloud by actors. I suppose that playwrights who go through these on a regular basis get used to it, but I still felt the thrill of hearing other people — especially the talented cast I had — read the words and bring the characters to life. And wow, did they. There were times when it was like I was hearing the lines for the first time, and I found myself waiting for the response from the other character as if I didn’t know what was coming.
When it was over we talked about it; they asked questions and offered very good insight that I had never thought of — after all, I’m only the playwright — and some suggestions for clarifying and tightening, all of which I took under grateful consideration.
The highest compliment a playwright can pay to a cast and a director is, “That’s what I meant when I wrote it.” So to Mark, Ross, Rebecca, Maha, Chris, and especially The Old Professor, I say that to you all. Thank you very much.