One of the greatest lesson knitting teaches me is patience. Knitting a scarf, sock, or sweater takes time and commitment. The process of knitting a pair of socks isn’t about instant gratification, but instead the joy of the journey of creating something from nothing. As I FINALLY finish a pair of knee high socks for a guy friend, I am reminded how much playwriting is like knitting.
Nearly 5 years ago, my friends and I began writing The Hair Chronicles as part of a class assignment. We had no idea where it would go. We were hoping that our professor would enjoy it, and we hoped that our response papers would earn us good grades. Today, in a few hours, we will begin our final performance of our first fully produced version of the play for the Capital Fringe Festival. We have sold out 3 out of the 5 shows. It’s the end of our “first sock”. We have completed our first goal…produced the play with a set, lights, sounds, and actors.
Yet, like knitting socks, there’s more work to be done; we still need to begin work on the second one. Right now, I have no idea what the “second sock” of our play will be. Will it be rewrites and a production at a local theater? Will it be retelling the stories in a different format? Who knows!?
The only thing that I am sure of is that we must learn from the lessons of the “first sock” in order to make the “second sock” better.