Mike Nichols Directing

People die everyday. Some are important to many, some are important to few, and some to none. Mike Nichols was definitely important to me although I never met him. I did not become important enough to work with such a man, but I felt a great thread of sympathy when I heard others speak of him.
In theatre he took on so many styles and did mostly successes of each one. I always remember hearing after the first reading of
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK that he wanted no laughs, no playing for the laughs, again. He played the reality and THAT was the funny part.
I took those words to heart when I directed comedies….and also added for Tragedy that it not be played for the tears.
He was an actor’s director. BUT he was also an audience’s director. Not undermining their intelligence, but playing all the strings on the instrument, aware they would follow the melody.
I will miss him. So will a greater world.


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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