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Idiosyncrasy, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Rehearsal Process

One of the best things about participating in the creation of a piece of theater is that each time its a new and unique adventure.

For all of the generally similar aspects, a director, stage management, sometimes a playwright, and a bunch of actors trying to make sense of telling this story to an audience, the combination of those elements is about as predictable as the weather in Colorado Springs.

For me, there is always a bit of trepidation at the beginning of a new play. Will I get along with these people? Will the actors be talented? Will the director have a clue? Is the stage manager on the ball?

I wasn’t too worried, because some of these roles were filled with familiar faces. I’ve worked with Brantley Haines, our stage manager, before, and I know Halle Towne from way back, but that still left many question marks.

While my character Lord Goring may be known to opine that “the only possible society is oneself,” he couldn’t be more wrong in regards to the cast and production team working on An Ideal Husband (Oct. 8–24, 2010).

–Max Ferguson, Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband