FET: How do you make it your own?
Jake: Itâ€™s the directorâ€™s job to present the play as the playwright intended, remaining true to the story. That said, there are myriad ways in which an individual production can enhance a story, drawing the audienceâ€™s focus toward whatâ€™s important. For this show, I wanted to focus on the character of Scott specifically, and his journey as an arguably failed leader. Tally was nice enough to bookend the script with scenes that allow us to frame the story from Scottâ€™s perspective. The scenes are written to flow fluidly and can feelâ€”at timesâ€”like a dream, which is an aspect we chose to emphasize. This is very much â€œScottâ€™s Dream;â€ weâ€™re not just seeing these events play out, weâ€™re experiencing them as he might have, complete with all of his doubts, insecurities, triumphs, and failures. The strength of the script, as well as the magnificently talented and intuitive cast, made my job very easy.