AND I WAS LIKE – by Sam Brooks

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Basement

And I Was Like has been a crazy six or so months. I came up with the idea of a guy falling in love with a mute sometime last year then shelved it for a while so I could figure out the logistics of how somebody would be in a relationship with a mute. Then September came around and I decided I needed to write something and so And I Was Like came up in my head again. So six months ago, I started writing it. Then I sent it off to The Basement and let it go until I found out that it had a slot. I went into this script without ever thinking that I would possibly direct it. A lot of the things I wrote I wrote thinking, “Oh hey somebody else can deal with how this is going to happen onstage!” But when scheduling slayed the director I had lined up for the show, after we had excitedly decided on how we were going to stage and design everything, I made the reluctant decision to step into shoes I never really planned to step into and solve problems I never expected to have to solve myself. And it turned out pretty damn okay! After a pizza-driven workshop in my Papakura garage at the end of last year to work out the kinks of the thing, we started rehearsing in January. I’ve been super lucky to work with the actors I’ve been working with: Kate, Steven, Elyse, but especially Eli and Fia, who get scenes faster than I could ever anticipate and are utterly fearless. It’s been a learning experience for me as a director, something I haven’t done a huge amount of in the past, and especially as a writer, letting go of the text and allowing the actors to take it as far as it can go. Put simply, And I Was Like is a story of a guy falling in love with a mute.It’s a little funny, it’s a little dark, a little sad. Put less simply, it’s a story of relationships. What happens when you take one of the fundamental pillars of relationships, the words, out of the equation? In the last crazy six months, from brain to page to floor to stage, I’ve been trying to answer that. And when it gets from the stage to your faces, maybe you’ll get an answer.