Flying on Their Own: THE BIRDS rehearsal blog post | Quotidian Theatre Company

Sharon Dodd
Sharon Dodd

Quotidian Theatre Company opens the D.C. area premiere of The Birds by Conor McPherson on July 12th. ADing the production is longtime QTC collaborator Sharon Dodd, who explains what “ADing” means:

Usually, blog posts for our site are submitted by the actors or director of a show, but this one comes from a little-known gremlin called The AD. It’s listed in the program as Assistant Director, or Production Assistant, or Assistant to the Director. Whatever. What I really do is keep the actors honest to the script.  Sometimes actors like to be creative with the writer’s words, but I don’t let them get away with it. I’m also there with a net when they get lost in the script and need a few words to get them back on track. I never get to really see the play until the last night of rehearsals when I put down my script, no longer able to help them out as they fly on their own like little birds out of the nest. I spend the whole of the rehearsal period with my nose in the script, finger on the lines to be there with a prompt when they need one. After a rehearsal, I hand out sticky notes with corrections so they can put them on the pages in their own scripts.

I put my heart into every production I work on. I feel a real part of the process, and I think I help make it an easier road for the director and the actors to travel. But, the best part of being AD has always been watching the play grow. Every single time I work on a production, I marvel at the magic of seeing the story come together and the actors bringing their characters to life. Of course the play gets even richer during the run, but I get to see it from its tentative first steps, with actors holding scripts in their hands, learning the blocking, getting the accents right; to the finished product with the actors in costume on the sets created to perfect detail using all the right elements (in this case, everything Irish from Ireland) and with music, sound, and lights. It really is like having a fairy tale come to life in front of me on opening night.

I’m having a wonderful time. As always, I enjoy working with director Jack Sbarbori. And this has been a great cast to work with. Everyone is considerate, friendly, and amazingly creative and fun.  Big Bonus: This play is going to keep people on the edge of their seats!  I can’t wait!

~Sharon Dodd

The Birds blue w text smallQuotidian Theatre Company presents
The Birds by Conor McPherson
July 12 – August 11, 2013
Featuring Jenny Donovan, Stephanie Mumford, Ted Schneider, and Matthew Vaky.
Directed by Jack Sbarbori.
 Show times are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm Sundays, with one additional 2pm performance on Saturday, August 10.
Tickets are $30, or $25 for seniors and students, and can be purchased by cash or check at the door, online at Brown Paper Tickets (click here), or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 ext 1 (ask for Quotidian Theatre Company). $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more (contact for reservations).
Subscribers, email or call 301-816-1023 for reservations.
All performances are held at The Writer’s Center: 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD.
The venue is a short walk from the Bethesda Metro Station. There is free parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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  1. Sharon Dodd is one of the true pillars of the Quotidian Theatre Company, where from the start she has been there behind-the-scenes (with a couple forays upon the stage) enthusiastically serving in almost every capacity. Beyond being our faithful AD for the majority of QTC productions,she has also directed at Quotidian and at other venues. We couldn’t do without her! — Stephanie Mumford


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