The Seventeenth of June is a one-act play by Edward Alan Baker. It runs close to 45 minutes and was the final project for my Directing II class. It deals with some extremely emotional issues, and required a LOT of extra work on my part. For it I had to research child and spousal abuse, suicide, certain health conditions and much much much more (you should see my research binder for it). Also, this play was a very big first for me--my first time working with more than two actors, my first time working with a script over ten minutes long, the first time I had to cast without the chance for callbacks, and the first time I truly felt comfortable in what I was doing. Casting for the show was an extremely scary process. We had less than 24 hours to cast, and that gave us absolutely no time to hold callbacks of any sort (which is very scary for a play with such a high level needed from its actors). Luckily, I had already had a pretty good idea of who I wanted as my female lead and I knew that she could pull it off. The casting for her two sisters was practically like drawing names out of a hat, and I had no idea who to put in the male lead--none of the males that had auditioned were really what I was looking for. I postponed casting my male lead and weighed the two options I had, eventually choosing a very young actor that had recently done a student-directed show that I had stage managed. He turned out to be exactly what I was looking for in the role. Also, it worked to my benefit that him and the female lead knew each other from the previous show, so I didn't have to work so much to draw the connection between them that I needed.

Though the play had its problems and its certain setbacks (as all shows do), I was very pleased with the final product. My actors had really pulled through for me and gone places that I never dreamed they would have. I had an amazing experience with the show, and I know that we all learned so much about ourselves and about how we work throughout the process.