As some of you know, I have just completed my performance of SALIERI’S WOMEN; monologues I wrote in the process of rehearsing for AMADEUS, the award-winning play by playwright Peter Shaffer. While I’ve already said much about it here, I wanted to share with you some introspection on how the process went.
First off, I cannot state how grateful I am to the Genesian Theatre and their full support of my production, no matter how small. Having anything produced…even 15 minutes of monologues is a huge undertaking, and it helps immensely to have a team ready and willing to help. Thank you, thank you, and thank you all!
Next, having my work produced in Sydney has given me an amazing feeling of accomplishment. There are always setbacks, imperfections, places to grow, and moments where you think “I could have done this better, or that better,” but these thoughts can distract me from being produced at all, and I’m of the opinion that finished work helps me grow and learn a great deal more than unfinished work. There is no better litmus test for a play than a production. As an artist there is a great deal of getting out of the way of my art that always has to happen, and I am still striving for that.
The audiences were wonderful and most people who came to AMADEUS stayed for SALIERI’S WOMEN. I estimate our audience was around 150, which was wonderful! A few people asked me what else I intended to do with this production and while I am considering some other filming options in the future, I will have to give it a rest for now. Instead, I am very happy to say I will be handing over this project to others now.
I really want to encourage other theatre companies to take on these monologues in conjunction with their own AMADEUS productions. I have decided to offer my script for public use (although I would love a “heads-up” via email) about your production.
Here is the link for a free copy. Salieri’s Women-full script. (Yes it is copyrighted.)
Roles for Women!
There are not enough complex female roles in the world. Art mirrors life, or at least the times, and the silent female characters in AMADEUS are clear examples of the devaluation of women’s journey’s. Although I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest Mr. Shaffer should have done anything differently, I would suggest that theatre professionals look at how they can provide balance and relevancy to women’s issues even in classical plays such as this that are still beautiful and relevant despite being a bit lopsided. To clarify, I didn’t set about writing them to solve any particular political issue, but in the end I found that both the content of the monologues and the deep need to write them touches on some of the problems inherent in gender inequality as it continues to exist today and throughout human history. To borrow from my Playwright’s Notes regarding Teresa and Caterina: “…I refused to accept their being reduced to ‘lacking fire’ and ‘silly in the way of young girls.’ These might be true in the moment for Salieri as he tells his story, but after doing a great deal of research I came to find that these women had histories and passions that in Salieri’s nearsightedness and era, he no doubt overlooked or outright dismissed. As a playwright I have a special power most actors don’t have. I resolved to write something for them.”
I hope I have honored Teresa and Caterina in some way by creating these monologues, if only in the way that Peter Shaffer has brought his own character Antonio Salieri’s dream to fruition…to be remembered.
It’s yours now.
Please feel free to comment and email me about producing these in partnership with your own production of AMADEUS. Below the pics is a rough video of our final rehearsal of SALIERI’S WOMEN, and a little later I will include the music clips I used. I hope you enjoy it, and make it your own.
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