10 people, 4 years, and a Park
Directed by Miles Millikan
Co-written by Miles Millikan and Samantha Ozeas
It started with 5 friends in a classroom saying they wanted to make their own work.
It split off into myself and another friend, Samantha Ozeas, co-writing it over the Summer.
We split duties, she produced it, I directed.
We held auditions and cast it with ourselves, familiar faces, and strangers whom we'd never spoken to
We rehearsed every day after school, whether it be in one of the classrooms or behind the school on concrete blocks.
We toured theaters around L.A., settling on The Complex in Hollywood. Though we were both 16 at the time, we signed (maybe illegally?) our first theater contract.
After a few months of rehearsals, we had 3 sold-out shows over a weekend, causing a reprisal show the following Friday.
Our Lighting Designer Allie Hunter volunteered to make a promo for our show. It was the first time I'd ever seen a trailer for a theater show, and since then it has inspired me to make them myself. Watching this always sends me back to the sweet cold January air, going to the theater every morning.
Going to a performing arts high school, I also had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with a visual artist, Keiji Ishida, to make the design for the poster. Ever since I saw this design for the first time, I have always wanted--and don't know if I'll ever stop wanting--the poster designs of my directing projects to be made by fellow artists.
When coming up with the concept for the show, for some reason we were pulled to the idea of the people who pass through a park; all the little snippets of life we get from their momentary pass-throughs. What would it be like to just watch that one park over a long period of time? What stories would we watch the birth and death of? We explored the evolution of human relationships over time, and asked if anybody truly remain unchanging over time? Do we all share that commonality? If so, what does that mean about us as humans?
Getting to do a project like this was one of the greatest gifts I've gotten. I had never directed before, and thus it was a massive learning experience. There were plenty of wins and plenty of mistakes I wish I had done differently. Most of all, it was the first introduction I had to forming a family in the theater that I really got to fall in love with. It taught me why I want to do this for the rest of my life, whatever shape it takes.