It’s been very quiet here in and on meganshead, partly because I have been screamingly, excitingly busy. One of the things I am busy with is the direction of a hilarious, warm, delightful and charming one-man show called Fully Committed, performed by my nbf Pieter Bosch Botha. This is a very special journey for both of us as we discover how to work with each other, how to separate; Pieter is a respected director in his own right and here he has to just ‘be’ at least 36 characters, and I have to remember how to direct someone without doing it myself!
I love the title of this play. Fully Committed is one of the most basic concepts of improvising, my first love. Here it means something totally different. The play is set in the dingy basement of a top-class restaurant, where the reservation line operator, an out of work actor, has been told to say, “Sorry, we are fully committed” instead of “we’re full.” He answers the phone and talks to patrons, the chef, the maitre ‘d, his agent, the business manager, his dad, only to mention a few. And this is all done by one actor. It is crazy, mad, fun and absolutely delicious.
I will keep you posted.