The final scene of Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies was the first scene I tried my hand at as a director. I was in my junior year of college and taking Directing I. I had cast two young actors in the department, and I was scared to death because I had no clue what I was doing, and I'd never been entirely responsible for something like this before. My actors were wonderful to work with and very patient with my faltering and my missteps and my fear of leading them through blocking and lines and rehearsals. Both of them, I felt, had grown a lot in their acting by the end of our time together, and they'd done an amazing job with it. Also, I really felt as though I'd grown a lot as a director, and I was much more confident in what I was doing. By the end of the process I was extremely sad to let it go, and at the same time was very ready to go on and find my next directing experience.

These are the pictures I took of this scene. They aren't the best quality, but it was our final rehearsal and all I had was my barely-working digital camera to work with. If you click on one of the small thumbnails below, the larger version of the picture will open in a new window.