Turtles has been produced twice now, so I wasn't sure what was going to come out of the reading, but I think there are going to be some huge rewrites to the script. Fresh eyes, and some really smart brains can do that.
Gone will be some characters. Some will be eliminated, others will be combined. I'm considering cutting two scenes in Act II--two of those precious scenes we all write but deep down you know isn't moving the story forward--to open the play up so I can write a key scene that's been missing and will then hopefully move the story forward. The world of the play will be opened up more; people loved the magical realism of the world, and now I can see where it needs even more, like when you're painting a wall and you can still see that it will need a second coat of paint.
I've been working this play since the fall of 2010, and it is so exciting to be able to go back in with some fresh ideas. I was talking with Barbara Blatner, one of the playwrights, about how much I do love these characters and how much I like to spend time with them, which I then said probably sounds weird. In true playwright fashion, Barbara said, no it doesn't, which sounded so reassuring to me. We live in our heads, in our imaginary worlds, and it's so real to us, but I know for me it's a very private world, and I don't talk about it much except to the people who are very close to me--Sue, my wife, or other writers who do the same thing.