December 15, 2012.
When we talk about “rhythm” in One Way In, what are we talking about?
Well, the musical reference is obvious. The interesting thing I’ve discovered is the range of choice that a song’s basic idea suggests. You might think that a song set in a classical mode, a more traditional mode, or in one without instrumentation, that the rhythm of the song might be slower. Conversely, you might think that a song set in a more modern idiom, like a show tune, jazz, rock ‘n roll, is, by definition, faster.
I’ve discovered that you might be wrong on both counts.
I can tell you, without giving away the store, that One Way In’s only limited by my imagination in terms of the ideas around particular “songs”. And, my imagination, as poor friends, associates, and family members can attest, doesn’t suffer from too many limits. Of course, Lydia is free to reject any and all of my conceptual ideas, but even if she rejects or significantly modifies any of them, the range will still be astonishing. I’m counting on Lydia’s unique portfolio of talent in this regard, plus her sense of challenge and fun, so this show’s possibilities become more and more exciting.
But that’s just the music.
When I talk about rhythm, though, I’m talking about a lot more than the music.
One Way In, like all dramas of any kind, has a pace, at the macro level, the “big picture” level. Where does the action speed up or slow down. Where does character choice speed up or slow down?
Then, there’s the speed of the text and how it’s delivered. Do some characters, by their very nature, speak quickly, putting other characters in a defensive position, simply because they tend to say definitive things, simply because they are the “actors” in terms of driving action? Are other characters more passive with what they say, providing less clues as to how they might act in definitive situations?
If I do my job right, all the characters will find themselves in a mix of situations where they speak quickly or slowly, where they drive the action or are acted on.
Come watch the show, see how I do!
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