Ink Diaries: Heading to the Stage

A new focus begins.

Tonight we head to the stage for our produciton of James Graham’s Ink at Playhouse on the Square. We finished our work in the rehearsal room last night and everything begins to finally take shape tonight.

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The pace will begin to quicken. The show will begin to breathe differently. Stage pictures will begin to come into focus. And we’ll find out just what we really have as we get to use the different levels of the set and larger scale.

I’m looking forward to seeing the show with a different eye tonight and have a few days before we add the other technical elements to really dig in with the actors. Because once projections, lighting, sound, and costumes jump into the fray later this week the final picture will begin to emerge after we go through the usual “fuck it all up with tech” period.

Leaving the rehearsal room I think we’re telling a good story. It’s certainly different in some aspects from the one we started out telling and we’re about to find out how much different.

While the scale increases so does the scrutiny.  Each move, each line, and each moment gain weight and feel like they’re viewed under a microscope. It’s easier to see when something isn’t hitting just right and simultaneously more difficult to make sure the eye is in just the right place to do so.


Author: Warner Crocker

I stumble through life as a theatre director and playwright as well as a gadget geek...commenting along the way. Every day I learn something new is a good day, so I share what I find exciting, new, stupid and often worthwhile.

2 thoughts on “Ink Diaries: Heading to the Stage”

  1. I’m loving this series, keep the posts coming, Warner! It makes me miss being in the room with your directing skills. I saw the original Broadway Ink, where the scenic design was outstanding. It was such fun seeing the company appear on so many levels, and sometimes climbing up tiers of file cabinets to their spots. Bertie Carvel got lots of attention (and a Tony) for his Rupert Murdoch, but Johnny Lee Miller was the real whirlwind as Larry. I wish I could see your version. And I look forward to more blogs! It makes me wonder if I’m ready to jump back into blogging, haven’t posted regularly in many years. Social media took over I guess, but I prefer the printed word, and I did enjoy it the years I was writing…


    1. Glad you’re enjoying this. It feels good to be exercising these muscles again. Scenically our show will be very different from the original. Here’s hoping it will be just as muscular as that one was.


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