A: By talking. Lots and lots of talking.
Yesterday we had a mini-meeting with a few company members to discuss a skit we've been working on. Key ideas: suspense, dark themes, obsession... and the image of a corset. How's that for inspiration? We each came with a draft, then ordered some snacks and got to work...
Let's just say this. If we got a penny for every time someone asked "What's the point of telling this story?" in rehearsals, we wouldn't need a Kickstarter right now. That's the key for us: honing in on what makes us excited to tell the story, what's at the heart of it. The same for any playwright, no? But in this case, in addition to throwing ideas around 11 collaborating members (oy vey!), we're also asking a new question: why tell this story in mime?
In the case of the skit we finalized yesterday, what makes us excited to tell the story is the drama. The slow build to obsession. At the heart of it is the eventual downfall of one's sanity in favor of satisfying a need long yearned for... And why mime? Because this one is all about appearances. How you may think you know someone, but there may be clues along the way... Plus, there are several physical reveals, and each becomes more powerful in a theater with no words, where we rely on your imagination takes the drama to its height.
Can't say more, or else we'd be into spoiler alert territory. But that's the gist of it: writing a mime show is about collaboration, focus, and talking. Ah yes, and snacks. Lots and lots of snacks.