The video taping of the production was an after thought. No one had worked with video before and it is obvious that the lighting (which we thought was adequate at the time) wasn’t bright enough to illuminate much of the play. That’s an understatement. Since at least a third of the play was actually performed in pitch black to create the acoustic environment we sought and scene transitions consisted of the actors moving the set on wheels over a wooden floor in that same darkness, it is amazing anything at all got on tape. It’s also obvious that the camera is not so much documenting the play as following it.
Shot with now ancient reel-to-reel b&w video stock by one of the actress’ husbands without any direction by me, there was only one take. By the time I saw some of the playback through the eyepiece of the camera it was too late to call back the actors and I packed the three rolls away never intending to look at them again. I found only one place that could transfer this video stock into VHS format. Another ten years passed before I got around to transfer Disparate Acts [at a distance] to DVD and finally as a quicktime movie on the web.
Watching the tape after nearly 40 years, I’m not as bothered by the loss of details as I was at the time of the filming. Frankly, I’m thrilled that this bit of 70s downtown theater has survived in any format.