As the HPCP 2016-2017 season draws to a close, we turn to the task of building the 2017-2018 season. Our first step is to ask for proposals from people interested in directing a show next year. We now have an online form that we ask prospective directors to fill out and submit. There’s a direct link to the form in the menu bar at the top of the homepage (click “Propose a Show”), or you can simply click here. The deadline for proposals is June 25, 2017.
An HPCP season consists of at least two full productions plus the Halloween radio show and (possibly) an outdoor summer Shakespeare play. (For staged readings, please visit the Friday Staged Readings page.) The proposal form is designed with full productions in mind, but you can also use it to propose to direct the Halloween radio show.
Exactly how many shows we do in a given season is determined by the play selection committee. The play selection committee includes the Board of Directors and is open to interested active members. Committee members must commit to reading some of the proposed plays in advance, to communicating with other members online, and to attending one pretty heavy-duty meeting.
When you propose a show for a full production, you are offering to direct it. If you intend for someone else to direct it, you must indicate who that person is, and explain why you are not directing it yourself. We are always looking for new directors (two of our 2016-2017 directors are first-timers). We recommend that if you will be directing for the first time, you bring an experienced director into the production team (usually as producer or assistant director). Directing a staged reading is also a good way to prepare for directing a full production.
Directing an HPCP show is challenging, and requires a major commitment of time and energy. It is also uniquely rewarding. We look forward to reading your proposals!